Housing And Urban Development : Office Of Community Planning And Development

1596 Words May 13th, 2015 7 Pages
Criteria for Selection According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Community Planning and Development (2013), in January of 2013, over six hundred thousand Americans were homeless. Sixty-five percent of homeless individuals live in emergency shelters or temporary housing, while the other thirty-five percent are living in their cars, on the streets, or in abandoned houses, shops, and other buildings. When broken down into age groups, under eighteen, eighteen to twenty-four, and twenty-five and up, approximately twenty-three percent were under eighteen years old, ten percent were eighteen to twenty-four years old, and sixty-seven percent of the reported homeless individuals were twenty-five years old or older (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Office of Community Planning and Development, 2013).
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness (2015), in January of 2014, over five hundred thousand Americans were suffering from homelessness. The National Alliance to End Homelessness and U.S. Department of Housing and Development provide alarming data, proving that homelessness continues to affect the lives of my individuals. In efforts to understand homelessness, it is necessary to recognize the reasons and concerns, such as lack of resources, poverty, unreasonable and unaffordable housing prices, and health issues, that contribute to people’s inability to afford a roof over theirs and their families’ heads (National…

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