HOMELESSNESS AROUND THE WORLD: SPOTLIGHT ON USA
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Report states that during 2017, there were 554?000 homeless people across the US on any given night.
More than half a million people in the US have no permanent or regular shelter during the night: exposing them to the elements and making them physically vulnerable. Instead, they sleep in public spaces, on cardboard or on the floor, with little to protect them.
One of the main factors causing homelessness in America is, ironically, the rising cost of housing, brought about by economic growth. As property prices and monthly rentals boom, many low income earners are no longer able to afford a home. Individuals who are unable to benefit from the help of friends, family, government, non-profit organisations or even public shelters, find themselves on the street.
The downside to the growing US economy is greater inequality. Prosperity has become the domain of a collection of people and the disparity between the haves and have not’s is an ever-widening chasm in the country.
Research and reports on America’s homeless have indicated that the situation is worsening in cities such as California and Washington, while LA has approximately 50?000 homeless people, exceeded only by New York, where the figure stands at around 75?000.
Homelessness primarily affects elderly individuals and minorities. Often, technological advancements and the automation of certain jobs causes the unemployment that ultimately leads to homelessness. Cuts by federal government to affordable housing programmes and mental health facilities adds to the problem.
Despite the fact that they form a relatively small proportion of the population, homeless individuals account for a greater number of arrests recorded in the USA with many suffering from drug addiction or untreated mental health disorders.
Unfortunately, little progress has been made in dealing with the fate of America’s homeless and questions around their future continue to remain unanswered.
- Homelessness in America – National Coalition for the Homeless: http://nationalhomeless.org/about-homelessness/
- Homelessness in US: A deepening crisis on the streets of America: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45442596
- How bad is Homelessness in America?: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-bad-is-homelessness-in-america-really_us_58f6916de4b0c892a4fb736f
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