Transition And Episodic Homelessness

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Homelessness can be defined as “a temporary condition that people fall into when they cannot afford to pay for a place to live, or when their current home is unsafe or unstable.” (suitcaseslinic.org). Homelessness has become a serious issue in America, with 610,042 individuals found to be homeless in January 2013. 85% of homeless persons are individuals, but 15% are in family households. This makes the issue of homelessness even more drastic, with 33% of all homeless people being youths under the age of 24. Homelessness affects many people and those who live in poverty are more at risk of becoming homeless. Statistics on homelessness can often be inconclusive because they tend to be limited to counting persons in shelters or on the streets. …show more content…
Transitional homelessness refers to the majority of homeless persons who generally enter the shelter short term. These people are usually younger and have become homeless due to some catastrophic event. Chronic homelessness refers to a small population of homeless people who are entrenched in the shelter system, on a long-term basis. These tend to be older, unemployed people who suffer from disabilities and substance abuse. Episodic homelessness refers to those who frequently enter and exit

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