Homelessness Is Rising
In The United States
May 6, 2014
Summer R. Loerakker
11861 State Hwy 53
Temple, TX 76501
May 6, 2014
2600 South First Street
Temple, TX 76504-7435
Dear Dr. Guzman-Trevino:
: in the main three areas contributing to the rising numbers of the homeless in the United States. This research was conducted to examine the main three contributing factors: The lack of supportive services for mental illness.
The scarcity of affordable housing.
The shortage of jobs that pay enough to cover housing costs.
Table of Contents
Letter of Transmittal
Discussion and Findings
Conclusions and Recommendations
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The homeless of the United States would benefit from improvement in mental health programs, expansion of affordable housing, and an increase in available jobs that pay enough to cover housing costs. My conclusion that the homeless would benefit from these changes is based on information obtained from professional reports, academic journals, and news articles that I have researched for this report. Examination of this information exposed three issues that have caused homelessness to rise: Income. The shortage of jobs and those that pay enough to help to cover housing costs have caused a great increase to the number of people being forced into homelessness. Housing. The scarcity of affordable housing has left many to either move in with friends, or relatives, to shelters, or succumb to living on the streets. Mental Illness. The lack of supportive services for mental illness is growing especially in part to our current economic issues. States have been forced to cut spending leaving many without the treatment or medication they need to remain productive. On the basis of these discoveries, it is suggested that the government focus more of its budget to the issues the homeless truly face to promote action in the areas necessary to alleviate these problems. The United States would fire up the economy by bringing about affordable housing, fostering more jobs and increased income, and allowing our population to also receive the mental healthcare it needs. This will stimulate a great reduction in homelessness.
Homelessness Is Rising In
The United States
This research was completed to analyze the homeless and the impact that the availability of affordable housing, job accessibility or income, and mental health resources has on their current living situations. This research investigates solutions to these questions: What limitations are there to finding affordable housing for the homeless or those who are soon to be? What other options are available? How is the current economic situation with unemployment burdening the homeless in finding jobs that pay well enough to cover housing costs? What limitations are forcing people with mental health issues to go without the necessary treatment or medications needed to remain healthy and productive? What other options do they have? Discussion and Findings
This study of the homeless is to examine the issues surrounding their economic status and the negative limitations these issues cause. Many of these issues either keep the homeless in their current situations or forcefully place them into these positions. Homelessness is not confined to those who are labeled the chronic homeless. The chronic homeless are defined as those who have been without shelter over one year or become homeless at least 4 times within a year. Even though this is the more visable and apparent form of homelessness, there are actually...
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