Essay on Vulnerable Populations

1506 Words Aug 22nd, 2013 7 Pages
Vulnerable Populations
BSHS/320

The United States of America is the place known to many as the land of the free, home of the brave, and the place to start a better life. With any place that has good qualities, some have not so good qualities. The homeless population in the United States is at a staggering high, and many individuals are suffering because many lack employment/financial resources, housing resources, support from family and friends, and others negligence; such as natural disasters or fires. Homeless individuals may have no other choice than to live on the streets, trains, and alley ways to name a few places where homeless people seek shelter. The history of homelessness, social problems, demographics, common clinical
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Individuals left with no choice, but homelessness are more than likely to face several social issues. “About 25% of homeless individuals suffer from some mental illness; the high cost of health insurance leave homeless people without access to proper care to treat mental illnesses. Drug and alcohol addiction affect about 20% of the homeless” (National Student Campaign against Homelessness and Hunger, n.d). People who have no options rather than to sleep on the streets with no food, shelter, or health care insurance may develop some mental issues, which seem to be normal if one has no home or any other human support. Homelessness in general is a social issue because it involves poverty, which affects people over the world. “The national poverty rate rose to include 13.2 % of the population and 1 in 7 people were at risk of suffering from hunger in the United States. In addition, 3.5 million people were forced to sleep in the streets” (National Student Campaign against Homelessness and Hunger, n.d). The social issues surrounding this population of individuals have a huge demographic rate in the United States as well.
Homelessness has a huge population that expands over the United States, and it is growing, especially for those out of work and living in poverty. “Persons living in poverty are at most risk of becoming homeless, and demographic groups who are more likely to experience

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