Homelessness : Who Are The Homeless? Essay

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Homelessness: Who Are the Homeless? When we think about people who are experiencing homelessness, we usually think about adults. Sadly, many of those experiencing homelessness every day, are young people. These youth sleep in cars, shelters, and abandoned buildings. Living on the street makes homeless youth more vulnerable to crime and therefore impact society financially. The vast majority of these youth have been thrust into homelessness by life altering event or series of events that were unexpected and unplanned. Contrary to the belief that homelessness is primarily the result of major traumatic event or physical and mental disabilities, there are many factors that cause homelessness in the U.S.; homelessness is, in fact, caused by tragic life occurrence like domestic violence, family breakdown, and systems failure. However, we can help the homeless by stabilizing them through shelter, moving them into housing and implementing assistance programs to keep them in their housing, we can not only reduce, but try and help eliminate homelessness in the U.S.
Homelessness among youth vary greatly by the individual experiencing it. Unfortunately, our tendency as human beings is to solve the problem by stereotyping the victims of homelessness or developing false assumptions about the causes of homelessness. When we do this, the problem only gets worse, because when we draw incorrect assumptions about the realities we face, we can never fixed the problem and the problem…

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