Homelessness is a epidemic, it limits our ability as a society to move forward. It’s very important to remember that people do need to take responsibility for their actions, but to always take into account, that our society is the reason that we are facing such problems.
How Do We prevent Homelessness?
We must change the way our society works.
Most people are homeless due to poverty, mental illness, or drug addiction. Many people that are homeless need to be rehabilitated or provided with a job.
While the U.S. government has a system of checks and balances, between its branches. Yet we have failed to set up such a system between corporations, and people.
We have made it harder to receive an education in new fields, while simultaneously lowering worker wages through inflation.
We need to establish working programs, where people are paid livable wages, and provided with health care services that cover them, and their children.
If corporations worked together with the Federal Reserve and Legislative branch, of our governments, we would have higher wages and lower work hours. If there are not enough jobs, to supply people, we could easily lower the average number of working hours, allowing more people to have a job.
Health problems are often a cause and result, of being homeless. Many people who do not have health insurance when faced with an illness in the family can lose their job. The 2007 United States Census Bureau calculated that 45.7 million Americans (15.3% of the population) do not have health insurance.
Those that are incapable of getting of getting high paying jobs are more likely to not have health insurance. Of course, they’re are also more likely to not have a college education, and make poorer health choices for them and their families.
So when they or a family memeber have medical condition they may spend all their money on diagnosis and treatment, and then be left incapable of paying their mortgage, or rent. This family member may be a child, or parent. An estimated 10.5% of American children under the age of six do not have health insurance.
Once a person becomes homeless it is increasingly difficult for them to get a job and due to a lack food, toiletries, they are more likely to get a medical condition.
Yet if we had easier access to jobs, we could have free health diagnostics, before they receive jobs. In this day and age we should have the ability to walk into a worker program and receive a job that day.
Fun Fact: There are more than five times as many vacant homes in the U.S. as there are homeless people, according to Amnesty International USA.