Homelessness : A Devastating Experience For Families Essay

993 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
In the year 2014 578,424 people were expected to be homeless. (endhomelessness.org) Thirty four states had decreased in overall homelessness, while 17 states saw increases. The national rate of homelessness fell to 18.3 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population, but the rate in individual rate ranged from 120 in Washington, D.C in Mississippi. Recently New York has flying the homeless out of the city. They are one way tickets that cost the homeless not even a cent. The writer Lars Eighner was a homeless man who never had that opportunity. He lived on the streets for many years and lived day to day and in his writing “On dumpster Diving” he taught us a very valuable lesson. Homelessness is a crucial issue in our country today and Lars Eighner was a part of this issue, it was his life and we need to step up and help others.
Homelessness is a devastating experience for families. It disrupts virtually every aspect of family life, damaging the physical and emotional health of family members, interfering with children’s education and development, and frequently resulting in the separation of family members.
Poverty and lack of affordable housing are the principle causes of family homelessness. While the number of poor people decreased every year between 1993 and 2000, in recent years the number and percentage of poor people has increased.
Declining wages and changes in the welfare programs account for increasing poverty among families. Declining wages have…

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