How did Homelessness get so bad?
In third world countries, homelessness is mostly due to widespread violence, economic grievances, poor healthcare, corrupt politics, and a lack of resources.
In the United States when Reagan cut spending for mental institutions, many had to go to the streets almost instantly becoming homeless. This impacted high population area’s the worse, the increase in homelessness, and mentally unstable people in high population area’s, led to soaring rises in violence, gang, activity and drug use.
These homeless men and women were drove into the already struggling lower middle class areas. With the drug war instituted by Nixon, there was lack of rehabilitation centers for those who generally wanted to get better, but an increase in police force. Due to the increase in police forces there was less funding available for public schools, work programs, and various other services that could have helped change these cities for the better.
This led to a population with higher incarceration rates, lower education levels, and increased risk of becoming homeless. With this increase in violence and poor social programs, lower housing rates and property values followed, but in this struggling society fueled through drug addiction and violence many still lost there homes to the banks.
In return these banks remodeled the land for high middle class homes, which then increased property values in the area making it harder for lower middle class citizens to pay the bills.
Homelessness impacts every country in our world. Most homeless populations live in tents, homeless shelters, on the streets, and sometimes in homeless communities. Sometimes it’s due to the lack of work, however many homeless people can often have poor mental health, disabilities, and may be addicted to drugs. With their living arrangements they often don’t have access to clean water or sanitary conditions.