Poverty in the Nation By Tamaris Cooper Staff Writer

Many people have dealt with poverty for many years now. According to Homeless in America Today “In the news” by Jennifer Bringle, A person that is considered homeless, if he or she lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence. People are also considered homeless if they regularly spend nights in homeless shelters and other facilities. Therefore, while people who sleep in parks fit the definition of homelessness, so do families that rely on relatives for temporary shelter, or individuals who sleep temporary in shelters or even vehicles.


One of the top causes of homelessness is poverty. According to Homeless in America Today “In the news” by Jennifer Bringle, Two factors contribute to growing poverty levels in the United States: decreasing employment opportunities, and the lower quality and availability of public assistance. And with the recession of putting more people out of work, public assistance systems are stretched even more thinly than before. This leaves too many people needing help-and not enough help to cover their needs. A growing population of poor people, coupled with a decrease in the availability of affordable housing, means that many more people will find themselves homeless. The more people who lose their homes and are forced to move into rental housing, the less rental housing there is for even poorer people. In addition, the limited scale of housing assistance programs means that fewer impoverished people can receive help paying their living expenses.

The growing shortage of affordable housing and the huge increase in poverty and joblessness mean that families and children end up living without a home. This phenomenon-made worse by the recession and the housing crisis-changed the makeup of the homelessness population in the United States. There are several groups that seem hardest hit by homelessness. According to Homelessness in America “In the news” by Jennifer Bringle, One of the major, and least recognized, group is children. Kids whose families can no longer afford permanent housing may find themselves living in shelters or hotels, with relatives, or, in extreme cases, on the streets. In children across the country, children who don’t seem any different from their classmates deal with the stress of not having a permanent home. When parents don’t earn an adequate wage or lose their jobs, they can no longer provide for their family. This puts both the parents and their children at great risk for homelessness. According to Homelessness in America “In the News” by Jennifer Bringle, because housing prices have risen, many people with low-income jobs cannot afford even rental housing.

According to Homelessness in America Today “In the News” by Jennifer Bringle, Single parents, or even two-parent families working low-wage jobs, may be unable to afford housing. And if one of those parents loses his or her job, there is an even higher of homelessness. Parents and children fleeing domestic violence situations are often to find permanent housing. Limited income and Limited ability to enforce child support, makes it hard for those leaving violent relationships to provide for their children. According to Homelessness in America “In the news” by Jennifer Bringle, among the young homeless population, there is a small percentage of unaccompanied minors. These children and teens have often been thrown out or abandoned by their parents, or they have run away from home. Reasons leading up to this can include abuse, neglect, substance abuse, or extreme family conflict.

According to Homelessness in America “In the news” by Jennifer Bringle When parents lose their jobs and can no longer afford to pay the mortgage or rent, their children suffer right along with them. They often don’t have access to the same conviences that their homeless peers enjoy. It goes beyond just not having new toys or being able to afford the Latest video games. According to Homelessness in America Today “In the news” by Jennifer Bringle, Homeless children sometimes have to go without food, warm clothing, health care, and even shelter. This can negatively affect a child’s life in a number of ways both physically and mentally. Homeless children are often at much higher risk for diseases and sickness. In fact, homeless children get sick four times more often than other children. In addition, homeless children go hungry twice the rate of other children. Although it may seem like a contradiction, homeless kids may experience a higher rate of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, homeless children are four times more likely to show delayed development. And they are twice as likely to have learning disabilities than those with permanent homes. Because many homeless children move a lot they change schools more often and thus have a harder time establishing a reliable school routine. This may result in difficulty establishing a reliable routine. This may result in difficulty establishing peer and teacher relationships. These children may also lose high school credits when transferring to new schools. Homeless children lead highly stressful and uncertain lives. They often don’t know where they’ll sleep at night, or whether or not they’ll have healthy meals. Just like other kids, it hurts them too see their parents unhappy. And unfortunately, homeless parents struggle tremendously and are often sad and suffering from stress or anxiety. For a variety of reasons, the life of a homeless child is a very difficult one indeed.

There are many different ways to fight homelessness. One of the key ways to end homelessness is through public policy and legislation. By changing laws and enacting economic policies that benefit the poor, the U.S. homelessness rate could drop significantly. As the nation struggles economically, the government has acted to help the poor by raising the minimum wage. Helping the unfortunate is a nice thing to do for the homeless. Volunteering time to work directly with people experiencing homelessness is one of the best ways to learn about the situation and do something to help. There are many ways to volunteer time, whether it is sorting clothes at a donation center, serving meals at a soup kitchen, or helping with office duties at a shelter. A good place to find volunteer opportunities is the local United Way office. There are many others ways that you can help the homeless which is by building homes, Donate clothes/toys, Educate others, and change your vocabulary when referring to the homeless. When you take all of these things in to consideration, you can really make a difference in somebody who is less fortunate life.





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