The Social Problem Of Homelessness

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Across the world there exists many different social problems. A social problem is a “social condition or pattern of behavior that has negative consequences for individuals, our social world, or our physical world” (Leon-Guerrero, 2014). Social problems exist on a bigger and smaller scale in a society. For example, a person living in Africa with AIDS is experiencing the disease on a micro (personal) level, while another person, free of AIDS is only experiencing this problem on a macro, or societal level (Leon-Guerrero, 2014). 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) .
Before we dive into this issue, it is important to discuss the causes of homelessness to better understand this population. The homeless are often stereotyped as lazy, dumb, or even drug addicts. In reality, a homeless is just what the

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