The Problem With Homeless Today

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Week 7 Assignment:
The Problem with Homeless in America
Equilla Simmons
Boston University

One of the basic human needs is shelter. While many people take having a roof over their head for granted, there is a plethora of people that have no place to call home. However, America has become a place where Social Darwinism is vastly accepted, leaving several people that are homeless with limited resources. “In January 2013, 610,042 people were homeless on a given night. Most (65 percent) were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs and 35 percent were living in unsheltered locations “(Cortes, Morris, & Henry, 2013, p.1). While this is a decrease from last year in which there were, “633,782 people experiencing homelessness on one night in January 2012. This translates to a national homeless rate of 20 per 10,000 people” (Cortes et al., 2013 p.1), there is still over half a million people suffering from homelessness in America.
Homeless people represent every demographic in America, see Appendix A &B, while the amount of influence may fluctuate due to age, family size and veteran status, everyone is still affected. It is a problem that threatens the safety of our streets and the population. Several people experience violence and injustices living life of homelessness. The longer they were homeless the higher chance of vulnerability to violent attacks including rape (Meinbresse, Brinkley-Rubinstein, & Grassette 2014). The streets are not a…

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