Mental Illness And The Homeless Essay
Capus P. Barnett
Valdosta State University
Homelessness is a social issue that has been a continual problem for the United States. Mental illness is a major contributor to the homeless problem. In a 2008 survey conducted by the U.S Conference of Mayors, 25 cities were asked for the three main reasons for homelessness in their populations. Mental illness was found to be the third leading cause of homelessness for single adults. The only other leading factors that came before mental illness was lack of affordable housing and poverty (The U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2015). There have been policies put in place to help alieve the homelessness population with mental illness such as the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH). PATH finances services for people with serious mental health issues that are experiencing homelessness. The policy framework that will be used to analyze this policy is the “need” that the homeless with mental illnesses exhibits for the PATH policy to exist. The purpose of this analysis is to determine this this policy is effectively meeting the needs of the population and what could be potentially altered to do so if the need is not met.
The United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officially defined homelessness into four general categories: People who lack a fixed, consistent, and satisfactory nighttime residence and includes a subset for an individual who is…