What is the Exact Cause of Homelessness?

by cleon1 on March 17, 2014 - 11:53am

Christina Leonardo

3/6/14

Intro to Sociology

Blog #1

What Exactly Is the Cause of Homelessness?

            In the article, Community-Level Characteristics Associated With Variation in Rates of Homelessness Among Families and Single Adults, the authors discuss and compare the amount of homelessness between families and single adults. The article starts with statistics that puts in perspective for readers what the homelessness life is like. For example, in 2012 single adults were accounted for 62 percent of the total number of homeless people in the United States. On the other hand, homeless families accounted for the rest of the population, which was 38 percent. Researchers have come to a conclusion that the causes of homelessness can vary. Homeless single adults were found that they become homeless because of homicide rates, drug use, income payees, and Medicaid spending. Homeless families were found to become homeless more likely because of housing issues, unemployment, and also religious factors such as births to single mothers and parental care. As a result of the increasing in homelessness over the years, one of the methods that our country used was the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This organization helped the homelessness with both unsheltered and sheltered situations.

            In my opinion, more efforts to prevent homelessness should be taken about. No one realizes how good they have it until they walk out into the real world and see how living is for many others around the country. The major issue is that no one really cares about others, as long as their life is going as well as they hope. There is a hand full of individuals that would do as much as they could to give someone the life they have. Whether it is a whole family or a single adult, a change should be taken to help avoid the rate of homelessness from increasing even more than it already has within the past years.

Citation:

Fargo D., Munley A., Byrne H., Montgomery E., Culhane P., (2013, September 2). Community-Level Characteristics Associated With Variation in Rates of Homelessness Among Families and Single Adults, Research and Practice, Supplement 2 vol. 103

Comments

First off, good job on your article. I liked how it clearly identified the causes of homelessness according to the research you based it on. I agree with your point of view that more serious measures have to be taken to reduce homelessness all around the world. However, I believe that more and more people are starting to care about this issue as they realize that homelessness can happen to anyone. I'd suggest you check out this article entitled "Students Spending Week Outside to Raise Homelessness Awareness", which reports that some university students in Montreal have been raising awareness about this problem by spending five nights on the streets of the city. This event shows me that people are slowly starting to realize that this issue is serious and that it has to be addressed.

Here's the link to the article: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/students-spending-week-outside-to-raise-homel...

Great job the article. You focused in very well on the root causes, as a opposed to just blabbing away and never reaching the point. Like with what kevingamme eluded to above, our society today is starting to turn the page and really focus on trying to put an end to our nation's homelessness epidemic. I found a video that covers a plan in Denver, Colorado that hones in on a plan to effectively end homelessness in the city. It may just be one city, but I feel like it can have revolutionary results, it's worth a look.

Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCyUiLw5NRw

I totally agree with your point of view. You pointed out many causes clearly and did a good job explaining them. Homelessness should be a matter taken more seriously all around the world. However, there's so many problems in our planet, which one should we resolve first? Saving our planet while resolving climate change, or use the funds to help homeless people and poverty in other countries? There's so many problems with solutions that requires money, but no one wants to act. No one wants to be the first to act, to be the leader of solving problems. In this case through, a lot of solution has already been taken: university raising funds, shelter divisions for homeless people and other solutions. In the following website, it shows different point of views about this matter and other solutions that are already in place in other countries.
Feel free to visit : http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/03/03/canada_failing_homeless_youth...

I totally agree with your point of view. You pointed out many causes clearly and did a good job explaining them. Homelessness should be a matter taken more seriously all around the world. However, there's so many problems in our planet, which one should we resolve first? Saving our planet while resolving climate change, or use the funds to help homeless people and poverty in other countries? There's so many problems with solutions that requires money, but no one wants to act. No one wants to be the first to act, to be the leader of solving problems. In this case through, a lot of solution has already been taken: university raising funds, shelter divisions for homeless people and other solutions, but are those solutions really helping the homeless people? In the following website, it shows different point of views about this matter and other solutions that are already in place in other countries and shows how effective they are.
Feel free to visit : http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/03/03/canada_failing_homeless_youth...

Excellent choice of issue to summarize one! In fact homelessness is really a very important problematic because it affects so many people in every country of the world, perhaps even in Montreal they estimate there is approximately 30 000(*) homeless men and women. It is also a good thing to see the government and organizations getting together to help people that struggle to eat and to find a roof to sleep underneath. However it's crucial to keep in mind that these organization have to be picky on who they decide to offer their help because drug addicts for example should not have to get it too easily over others that would certainly deserve it a lot more. You should be a bit more optimistic about the idea that a lot of people only aim at their own benefit because compared to many years ago there are a good number of houses that offer services to help people without a shelter to survive. I approve with you it is sad to see countries that still don't offer this type of services to their citizens that have rights as well, because especially in provinces like Quebec homeless have to survive through a very harsh winter.
Progress is slowly happening in most areas; in Quebec, Centre Bonsecours, La maison Du Père and Mission bon Accueuil (**) are all new resources that they can get, which show some improvement somehow.
(*): http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/initiatives-and-projects/ho...éal?routetoken=534c2826ec23859ad4d3d0c7266b92a1&terminitial=64
(**): http://www.santemontreal.qc.ca/en/support-services/services-by-type/home...

I definitely agree with your point of view. Many people don't know the struggles that many people have today and how hard reality is for people. Also the different reasons why this happens should be handle differently. A homeless family has different needs than someone who is addicted to drugs and homeless. while the family is in need of clothes, food, shelter and financial stability the person with the drug addiction priorities are overcoming drug addiction and starting a better life. I also agree that there should be more being done with preventing homelessness and that we should always be helping others out, not just when its the popular thing to do.

Well done job on the article. It caught my attention because I was curious how you were going to address the issue of homelessness. Homelessness is a major issue in a city somewhat close to where I live. People cram into small houses or create houses in nearby woods hoping no one detects it. When it is detected it is destroyed quickly by police. I live an hour from New York City where you see people sleeping on cardboard and begging for money at almost every corner you go to. Homeless families accounting for 38% of homeless people is shocking statistic. Families with children should never have to sleep outside and should be provided with a place to sleep. I agree strongly with your statement that people don't care about others. People would take care of more homeless people if they knew that feeling of feeling hopeless and homeless. Yes, some people are homeless because of their addictions but those people need a hand back up on their feet. I feel the United States as a whole seems to close their eyes or turn their back to our homeless people but have no problem addressing the hungry and homeless people in other countries.

This was a very good post and it was actually pretty eye opening. I did not realize that 38 percent of the homeless people accounted for were homeless along with their families. This means there is probably young children out there with out a roof over their head. To me this is shocking and puts things in perspective a little. I agree with you that more people should try and get involved when it come to helping the homeless. I fell like one of the problems with that though is most people do not want to take initiative. This could be because most do not know how to start something up that could help benefit the homeless. Some people do not understand that even something as small as helping out at one of those centers could go a long way. The part that is the most unfortunate though is that many people are in that position because of negative choices they made and they do not have the right guidance to keep them from making those choices and ending up back on the streets.

First and foremost, great job on this blog post! You did a great job in expressing the most important facts and statistics that the article stressed. I also liked how, after you put forth your personal opinion, you continued to emphasize to us why it is that this homelessness epidemic is happening and how our inability to care, as a nation, is despicable. The only thing I thought you could have done differently was to follow up the statistics from your opening paragraph by sharing your own opinion on them in your second paragraph. What I mean is that, for example, you really stressed the aspect of being single and homeless in comparison to being in a family and homeless in your intro but, when you were sharing your own opinion, you didn't even touch on that aspect.
Overall, I think you did a solid job in getting your message through and expressing your opinions. Personally, I agree with everything you said and we seem to share the same viewpoints on the matter. I have been fortunate enough to not have had any personal experiences with homelessness but I am naively aware of the social issue and I firmly believe that we, as individuals, should lend a helping hand.

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