Causes of Homelessness
Numerous national, state and local reports repeatedly indicate that there is not one single cause that leads to homelessness. However, without the financial ability to make ends meet and afford an apartment or home, individuals and families become homeless. Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. Difficult choices must be made when limited resources cover only some of these necessities. Often it is housing, which absorbs a high proportion of income that must be dropped. If you are poor, you are essentially an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets. First, A lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs have contributed to the current housing crisis and to the homelessness. Housing assistance can make the difference between stable housing, precarious housing, or no housing at all. However, the demand for assisted housing clearly exceeds the supply; only about one third of poor renter households receive a housing subsidy from the federal, state, or a local government. Another cause, is domestic violence, battered women who live in poverty are often forced to choose between abusive relationships and homelessness. Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives. The most apparent cause is addiction, alcohol and drug abuse statistics are disproportionately high among the homeless population. Once a person has had enough drug abuse based consequences, and reached a point of surrender Homeless people often face insurmountable barriers to obtaining health care, including addictive disorder treatment services and recovery supports. In conclusion, Homelessness results from a complex set of circumstances that require people to choose between food, shelter, and other basic needs. Only a...