Homelessness In Children: Causes Of Homeless People

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Are you that someone who sees a homeless person and immediately goes out of your way to help? Imagine looking for somewhere safe to sleep every night, or trying to stretch a few dollars for a whole week. Every day you see a homeless person on the side of the road but most people never think to stop and help them. You might think that it would be too much trouble for you or they just want your money so they can buy more drugs or alcohol. The causes of homelessness are family disputes, job loss, troubled teen, loss of a loved one, or untreated mental illnesses; the effects are depression, serious health conditions, AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis, and even death. More than half of the homeless people out there have children. One cause of homelessness …show more content…
Causes of homelessness in teens can be teen pregnancy, drug addiction, or even when they’re in foster care they can be put out on the street when they reach the age 18. “Teenage pregnancies and multiple children were cited as reasons for homelessness because it led many of the participants to dropping out of high school.” (Cassel, Hinton). Most teen moms can’t handle taking care of a baby, going to school, and trying to find a job all at once, causing them to drop out of school. “It’s estimated that about 50,000 youth sleep on the street for six months or more each year” (National Alliance to End Homelessness). Homeless teen are not seen all the time; some even deny that they are homeless. The average ages in homeless in teens are from thirteen years to eighteen years. Even though people might feel bad for the homeless teens on the streets they really don’t care too much to help them get better from their …show more content…
“On average, homeless adults have 8 to 9 concurrent medical illnesses.” (Donohoe). Homeless children often suffer from very similar problems, failure to thrive, ear infections, and even abuse. “Almost 20 years later, homelessness is largely ignored by the mainstream press and the general public” (Donohoe). It is hard for homeless to get the health care that they need because they may not have a job to pay for it. Some of the homeless ends up abusing the drugs that they need to take care of their health. Although the homeless may abuse their drugs and not take care of their health they are normal people and deserve the health care that others

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