As you stand in the center of the Main Street bridge with your legs pressed against the railing, your torso slightly bent over the edge, staring down at the I35 commuters below passing underneath you without even knowing you exist. Your stomach begins to rumble and you are forced back into reality. It has been days since your last real meal and with a sign folded up in your back pocket that reads “homeless and hungry” you head back to the stoplight to hopefully receive enough money to keep you off the ledge once again. We have all seen the individual with the sign at the stop light, but what we don't see is the one on the edge of the bridge just moments before. In a recent study it shows that in 2016: “550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults under the age of 24 experience a homelessness episode of longer than one week. Approximately 380,000 of that total are under the age of 18.” (“2016's Shocking Homelessness Statistics.”) It has also been said that homeless teens are three times more likely to attempt suicide than housed teens.(Eleanor Goldburg) With over a half million homeless Americans needing assistance lets compare two different nonprofit organizations that use their resources to invest in the lives of the homeless and the community, to rehabilitate, and to help individuals become successful members of society. The two organizations being compared are Christian Community Action(CCA) and Journey to Dream, in order to determine who will be the recipient
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The Homeless Period On average, women spend about $3,360 on essential feminine hygiene products throughout their entire lives, but what happens when a woman cannot even afford her monthly menstrual expenses? Every month homeless women are put on a crisis situation recurring to extreme methods to cope with their periods. These women want to feel clean; unfortunately, they do not have the means to do so because pads and tampons are expensive. In fact, they are taxed as luxury items in more than thirty states. As of today, there is not a clear policy as to where homeless women can find free feminine hygiene products when they need them. This is more paupers’ problem, it is a health, hygiene, and dignity issue. The government needs to make a legislation that allows homeless women to get free pads and tampons The means by which homeless women cope with their periods are unbelievable. In their own voice periods “brings inconvenience to the level of misery” (Shay). When these women cannot afford to buy feminine hygiene products, they use whatever they can to keep themselves clean. Some of the common substitutes of pads and tampons are “toilet paper, paper towels, plastic bags, towels, cotton balls, makeup pads, socks, and [old clothes]” (How do Homeless Women Cope with Their Periods). On bad days, some women even have to reuse the same rag multiple times by washing it, drying it, and putting it back in. Feminine hygiene products are expensive and sometimes half, if not all, of what
In the student center on the Marietta campus, I along with a friend of mine, assisted in making sandwiches for the homeless. I observed and 30 fellow students rally together and make 500 sandwiches. This action will help provide food for many homeless citizens.
Homelessness is a serious issue that is looked down upon within my community. Many homeless die when it’s too hot, too cold, or too wet. The New Orleans Mission sees this a huge issue and argue that homeless people are real people who need real resources, like shelter, food, and clothes. In addition, they have found that, without supportive services, housing is often not enough to end homelessness. From helping homeless youth, to providing assistance in obtaining disability benefits, to providing transportation, to offering intensive job training assistance to homeless veterans. The New Orleans Mission operate a number of innovative
With all the different social problems I’m surrounded by, one of the most apparent ones for me is homelessness. Homelessness is a huge social problem in the United States. I find it almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing a homeless person or temporary shelter. In fact, there is an average of 3.5 million people who experience homelessness per year in the United States (Solutions, 2017). Homelessness is such a common problem that society has normalized it and it’s no longer seen as a problem in need of a solution, but rather as an inconvenience that can’t be changed. People and businesses have gone as far as changing their sprinkler schedules and removing benches so the homeless wouldn’t stay in their area (2017) .
The Homeless are a vulnerable population. Homelessness is a social issue that anyone can almost be subjected to despite his or her age, race, ethnicity or geographical background. Kornblum (2012) defined homelessness as… “as a social condition in which people do not have regular housing and are forced to sleep in public places, public shelters, or facilities designed for homeless individuals and families” (p.280). The homeless population faces several adversaries in their lifetime of being homeless. Their adversaries are a lack physical and emotional disabilities, and possibly drug abuse. Grant some are homeless by choice, whereas most are homeless by mishaps, but nevertheless, they are humans deserving to be treated with fairness, dignity,
Homelessness exists as a prominent issue that plagues society in various ways. It brings about hardship and controversy as individuals struggle to survive on a daily basis. Additionally, this complication tears families apart and ostracizes individuals from a society where they once belonged. A specific problem regarding homelessness consists of lack of interest from bystanders; some of these spectators refuse to even acknowledge homeless individuals sitting at their feet. As homeless people live their lives on street-corners, the more fortunate members of society choose to engulf themselves in their personal problems alone. Displayed by their clothing and accessories, most of these individuals possess the ability to help in some way;
Homelessness seems to constantly trigger debates among our society. It has since caused a complex social problem between U.S. citizens and multiple cities worldwide. Cities across the nation have passed a law that criminalizes the act of feeding the homeless, has restricted simple acts of compassion, and have required the purchase of permits to utilize public areas. According to Robbie Couch,” The outlet reports that, incredibly, at least 33 municipal bans on publicly handing out food have been enacted across the U.S. between January 2013 and April 2014, reflecting a sharp increase in communities with such restrictions…. This past February, Columbia S.C., began requiring groups of 25 people or more to purchase permits allowing them to utilize the city’s parks.” I know many will probably agree and say something along the lines of “By restricting the feeding of the homeless, it would motivate more homeless individual to get off the streets”. Houston Mayor Annise Parker stated, “Making it easier for someone to stay on the street is not humane”. Feeding bans are allowing an increase in chronic hunger, allowing stereotypes that are ill-treating those who are experiencing homelessness and allowing homeless individual’s mental, physical, and emotional health to weaken as time progresses.
There are approximately 11,448 people, composed of men, women, and children, who fall in the homeless category in the state of North Carolina. Of that 11,448, 1,303 are families with small children. 2,014 of those people live in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, which makes up 20% of the total homeless population. 1 out of 5 homeless children live within 8 miles of uptown Charlotte (urbanministrycenter.org). Although there are many programs and services that are offered to homeless people, there are all sorts of stipulations that come with these services. Chronic Homelessness is one of the biggest issues in this country and as a state, North Carolina is doing all that it can to put an end to this tragedy.
How much waste is being produced daily in our cities is unnecessary and how many people are homeless is outrageous. There are many ways all of the people in our cities can help but it would be easier if your committee starts the “wave” so to speak. Firstly we need to get rid of abandoned or closed houses.In addition we need to save all good foods that are good but are getting wasted.Last but not least we need to make sure this does not keep happening. I agree with the idea of taking a strong stand against homelessness with help from the government or private organizations.“Homeless people in our cities should be given access to services, such as regular food donations, public restrooms, and camping facilities, because it would improve life
The current social welfare issue that I chose to explore is homelessness within Canada. First, this essay will give a brief description of homelessness. Secondly, it will describe how homelessness relates to some concepts and theories that we learned in this course Introduction to Social Welfare, it will also look at what may have happened to people facing homelessness one hundred years ago, next we will explore a possible solution to this social issue and where this fits within the political ideologies. Finally, I will give a brief explanation on whether social media is an effective tool for bringing about awareness regarding social issues.
Many people tend to want to ask themselves the question, “Does homelessness affect me at all?” Typically, if homelessness isn’t affecting a certain individual or anyone that they’re close to, they tend to not want to help. From previous research done by Pergantis, Tolliver, & Bishop, 2016, it is a known fact that about 578,242 people in America are considered to be homeless. People who were homeless back then done by were considered as disconnected from the world and they have also encountered psychological effects. Other writers like Hurwitz, E., & Hurwitz, S. (1997), Bassuk, E. L., & Rubin, L. (1987) discussed societies views on the situation as well as the effects and impact that homelessness has had on younger children as well as
There are many times that I have seen on the sidewalks of Michigan so many homeless people are there. Probably on every corner I might see them looking sympathetic, pitiful, which resembles dead bodies. From staring at them I would not notice if they are even dead or not. I always keep stepping forward to them to see more clearly and I always realize that they yet breathe, which still makes them alive. Wondering for a minute where the smell and sight come from is what makes me understand them more and more. Under those circumstances, the smell and look come from inside them rather than the outside, which most likely that their hopes, feelings and faiths are no longer
Every year approximately 2.3 to 3.5 million people go homeless in the United States of America. Twelve million adults in the US were homeless in the year 2001, or are still currently without a permanent home (“Homelessness in the U.S.”). How does this happen in “the land of opportunity?” We think of ourselves as one of the greatest nations in the world, yet citizens are living a life of poverty, often without food, clothing, and shelter. When most people think of fighting homelessness, they think of providing medical assistance, showers, and counseling services for those who suffer mental illness, trauma, and substance abuse. Although these necessities are imperative in helping a significant
This one is a more common one but one I am still ashamed to admit. Whenever I see a homeless person with a sign asking for money or a ride somewhere I typically ignore them and drive on. Every time I pass these people I always feel sad and ashamed of myself. But I always tell myself theirs so many people around someone will eventually stop to help this person. Also a certain fear comes into place as well. You always hear stories of people stopping and helping other people and something bad happens. But I know deep down that's just me making excuses. As someone who's been stranded on the side of the road and no one stopping to help I know it's a terrible feeling. And since I'm not homeless I can only imagine how that person must feel knowing