Helping the Homeless
P1. No matter how much money is available, no one will be entitled to a home without other problems along the way. In this case, many groups have an idea in order to get the homeless off the streets, but the mechanics behind it are not clear. Even though we are able to see and realize the passion people have in order to help this obstacle, they do not fully understand the problem altogether. By helping these homeless people from living on the streets, it involves more than building a few homes. That is only the first step to rebuild the homeless. Yes, getting them in a stabilized home will make their lives better, but from there, there is still more to be done. These people are affected with mental illnesses, life-threatening diseases, and most commonly, traumatic brain injury. Without the help of others, they cannot help themselves. In both articles the problem is realized, but the idea behind it is not fully processed to its capability.
P2. As much as everyone wants to help, we cannot overlook the fact that the homelessness’s injury causes them all of this trouble. David Bornstein points out that the “estimated 40 percent of the long-term homeless people he’s met had such a brain injury.” With this setback, it causes mood swings and behaviors leaving anybody with this complication without a job. This is where the result of becoming homeless occurs. In order to help effectively, people as a whole have to gain the understanding of one’s root to homelessness. Without knowing what they went through to get where they are, they will not know how to help to get them back on track.
P3. If the construction of building homes takes place, we need to realize people with traumatic brain injury have “difficulty to maintaining housing.” Meaning, once they are in a home, they will not necessarily be able to take cares of oneself. There are a handful of homeless that have mental illnesses and life-threatening diseases which require the care from others. If we want them to have the ability to stabilize their life, many people will need to be involved to get it done. This is their chance to rebuild their life, and they need to get it done correctly. Gradually, they will grasp the understanding on how to be responsible and live on their own.
P4. Some will argue that this money is being wasted to be put into something that requires so much work. On the other hand, helping and putting the money into these organizations will help many people around the world. It will give them a new start and they will be able to build their life back as they left it. Many of these organizations are being recognized and spread from city to city, resulting in many volunteers and donations, housing many homeless along the way. Besides the fact of helping people fixes their life, this “permanent supportive housing” will also be good for society. If more people are off the streets, there are less, noninsured hospital visits and criminal activity taking place, saving the society as a whole money. There may be money being spent to get this improvement done, but there is a gain to it.
P5. Once the works begins, there will be no visible outcome from spending this vigorous amount of money towards housing, but in the long run, it is totally worth. Not only will it be helping people get into a home, but giving them the opportunity to set their life back, creating the goodness in it all. It sounds counterintuitive to help the homeless try to get back on their feet but only give them a home, and nothing else to build their life back up. Some have been struggling for months and even years, not knowing how to use any other skills so by teaching them useful information, they will not end back on the streets. These organizations are not wasting any money or time by helping thousands of homeless people not only get off the streets, but to teach them how to live an everyday, normal life. Just because it does not directly help you, does not mean it does not helps others.
Barnes, Sean M., Leah M. Russell, Trisha A. Hostetter, Jeri E. Forster, Maria D. Devore, and Lisa A. Brenner. “Characteristics of Traumatic Brain Injuries Sustained Among Veterans Seeking Homeless Services.” Project MUSE. Meharry Medical College, 1 Feb. 2015. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.
Bornstein, David. “A Plan to Make Homelesss History.” Opinionator. The New York Times, 20 Dec. 2010. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.
Bornstein, David. “The Street-level Solution.” Opinionator. The New York Times, 24 Dec. 2010. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.
Topolovec-Vranic, Jane, Naomi Ennis, Angela Colantonio, and Michael D. Cusimano. “Traumatic Brain Injury among People Who Are Homeless: A Systematic Review.” BMC Public Health. N.p., 8 Dec. 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.