Homelessness in America
In an attempt to understand the situation of homelessness in the country currently and in future, this paper will analyze some responses to homelessness and the mechanisms through which the situation can be mitigated.
Homelessness in America is an epidemic situation that is affecting people of all ages, ethnicity, and religion. The situation of homelessness in America extends from the rural to the urban areas where the homeless individuals live in dilapidated conditions predisposing them to environmental harm and diseases. According to the statistics of the national student campaign against hunger and homelessness, there is an increase of homeless people by about 13.2% annually. This situation when not appropriately addressed today, will lead to an increase in worse problems for the country in the future such as an increase in the crime rates.
The statistical findings also reveal that the majority of the homeless individuals are forced to sleep under bridges, in the parks, shelters or some old cars. The inappropriateness of where the homeless people spend their night is yet another factor predisposing them to environmental hazards. Approximately 3.5 million persons in United States experience homelessness annually. About 35% of the homeless individuals are family people with their children. The fact that the children are also born in homeless situations fastens the rate of homelessness in America.