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P1. Homelessness is one of those underlying issues in our country that not many people understand. Homeless people are usually overlooked by most people and viewed very negatively by others. Something that people tend to forget is that the homeless are people too they bleed like us and share the same air we breathe. In a perfect world this problem would have been solved a long time ago however fixing homelessness around the world is not an easy thing to do, but there are many things that can be done to combat this social issue.
P2. To begin to understand homelessness one must start from square one, the cause. People around the world are left homeless for a variety of different reasons however there are many similarities amongst most homeless people. In “The effect of traumatic brain injury on the health of homeless people” I read that 70% of homeless people have suffered from some kind of trauma to their heads resulting in moderate to severe mental illnesses that don’t allow them to live a normal life. “The Street Level solution” by David Bornstein talks about this as well when they explain the causes of homelessness. Head trauma leads to erratic mood swing, and explosive behavior. To deal with the pain and agony that comes along with a head injury people begin to cop either with drugs or alcohol. Most of the time this leads to severe alcoholism amongst the homeless. Thus people end up homeless. This is including but not limited to Military veterans, working class people as well as poor people, everyone’s lives could be changed in the brink of a second.
P3. Many believe that the solution to homelessness is simply giving homes to the homeless. Well this was tested and failed because the process made it very difficult to obtain one of these section 8 homes or other type of government aid. Something had to change. A new idea has risen and it entails a process of getting the homeless back on their feet and intergrade them into our society. An organization called Common ground is taking the broken process to aid homeless people and are adding their own spin to it. They are not only providing housing for the homeless they are creating a program which offers counseling and an array of classes for their residents to take. This is a great thing because they are teaching the homeless to cope and live a normal life to the best of their ability with their mental illness or in many cases just help the homeless get back on their feet and help them continue with their lives.
P4. Here in America homelessness is an issue that has gone down over the past few years when the veteran homeless rate dropped by 47%. However, under new administration how will this issue proceed to be helped. How will the US government battle homelessness in America when the funding for this program may be cut? Under President Trumps administration he has ensured that defense and entitlement programs will receive no cuts during his term. This leaves the money to be cut from other federal programs such as education, environmental, health and housing programs. If this occurs combating the ongoing issue against homelessness will become more difficult than it is currently and this country will be taking giant steps back toward finding a solution to homelessness. TCA Regional news wrote an article about homelessness in San Diego and told the story of a man who had his 4ft by 7ft home taken from because he was illegally lodging in a public area. The law does not make it any easier for the homeless. In many cases law enforcement takes from those who have nothing. An article by Laura Smith talked about how many homeless people carry around sleeping bags and blankets to keep warm during the winter season. Police officers across the nation have been “cracking down” on the homeless and seizing their belongings. Police officers are enforcing anti-camping laws and they are criminalizing the homeless. This is a growing issue in different cities in America, people are standing up to the problem though and speaking out for the homeless.
P5. San Diego has taken a huge step forward in implementing their Connections housing program to assure the health and well-being of the homeless, by not only providing housing but different counseling programs to help the homeless live a normal life in society as well as teach them how to maintain a fulltime job. While it’s true that the issue of homelessness is not just going to disappear overnight there are many things that can be done to ensure that progress is made. Why should the homeless be seen as less than others because of their situation. While there are some people who simply choose to be homeless many people have just had bad luck. Ive seen this first hand with a man who lived in my neighborhood as a boy. He worked as a lumberjack and one day a branch fell on his head and it completely changed his life. Although I was too young to know him personally I did realize that he was different. He would no longer wave and say hello to everyone he saw. I would sometimes see him speaking to himself walking in the street, or sitting on a park bench staring into thin air for hours. Eventually I just stopped seeing him around. My parents then told me he had left his family and was now living on the streets. His family tried to help him as much as possible he continued to refuse, almost as if being homeless was what he wanted. Moral of the story is no one deserves to be homeless people deserve to live a happy life and they deserve a second chance to do so. This is why it is so important that actions be taken toward not only finding housing for the homeless but giving them rehabilitation and helping them become integrated members of society.
Edwin_D_Rios. “Trump Hasn’t Said Much about Homelessness-and That’s Making a Lot of People Nervous.” Mother Jones. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.
“EDITORIAL: The Only Real Solution to Homelessness.” TCA Regional NewsDec 26 2015. ProQuest. Web. 30 Jan. 2017 .
Smith, Laura, Marc Brünke/Creative Commons, Scott Carrier, Josh Harkinson, Mark Follman, and Ben Dreyfuss. “Denver Is Hardly the Only City Seizing Homeless People’s Gear.”Mother Jones. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.