Homelessness Is A Social Issue Essay

1605 Words May 16th, 2016 7 Pages
In Canada, about 235 000 people experience homelessness each year. A homeless individual is defined as “an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation” (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act). Many people are quick to judge the homeless, without knowing the actual causes for their struggles. People condemn the homeless by blaming them for their personal failures and inadequacies. However, homelessness is caused by many external and unavoidable factors such as poverty, inadequate income and housing and unstable environments. The majority of society is unaware of the causes of homelessness, which prevents them from being able to not only want to help fix the issue, but also want to stop mistreating the homeless. It is evident that homelessness is a social issue that needs to be understood by the members of society in order to eliminate the stigma and mistreatment towards the homeless.
Many people believe that homeless people are lazy and that their problems can be easily solved if they get up off the streets and find a job. However, this is just one of the many misconceptions about the cause of homelessness. “Researchers have identified certain factors that may increase the likelihood that a person will experience homelessness” (Jensen, 1) such as mental illness, inadequate incomes and abusive…

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