Origins of Homelessness
When was the last time you saw a homeless man or woman in the street? Did you ever wonder what events had to have happened to make that person want to or have to live in the streets with no place to go to? There are many things that could have happened to them which might have contributed to their problem. The reasons are different for each and every person. Some of the more major issues that contribute to this are lack of affordable housing, declining welfare assistance, and mental illness.
Homeless and the working poor are not able to get enough money to afford a house. The National Coalition for the Homeless clearly states, “A lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs have contributed to the current housing crisis and to homelessness” (“Why Are People Homeless”). There is not much done these days to help with affordable housing for everyone. The homeless problem will continue to increase if nothing is done. Supply of low-income housing has declined precipitously making it harder for those with low wages to acquire a house (Wright). The high expense of an average house is more than someone working on minimum can afford and still have enough for other needs
Declining welfare for the people has created an illusion of safety in our country. Welfare is a very important thing we need today and yet do not have enough of to truly help anyone. About twenty-five percent of the homeless are figured to be mentally ill ("54 Ways"). Many men and women believe they can use welfare when they need to and they find out they have nothing to depend on. You know that some cannot find or afford a house, some are stuck because of bad planning and not being prepared, and also some have mental illness and cannot support themselves or others. Also, there are mentally ill who need someone to depend on because they cannot take care of themselves like a normal person. Their illness can make them unable to provide for themselves. Changes in treatment of the chronically mentally ill is a factor for homeless (Wright). For instance, many people find once it is too late that welfare cannot help them in the ways they thought. Affordable homes would make a large difference in the current status of homelessness in this country. The mentally ills instability makes them a prime candidate for homelessness. These main reasons given help you understand the homeless better than before because you know some of the causes that they could have gone through. Any accident or emergency could prevent them from making a payment or getting what they need. The mentally ill homeless need more attention to help them out because they are not able to care for themselves.