Consequences • Anxiety and depression • Poor health and nutrition • Low self-esteem • Obtaining education • Supporting themselves emotionally and financially.
Did you know? The homeless population is: -42% African American -39% American -13% Hispanic -4% Native American -2% Asian
Why are children homeless? • Poverty • Family disputes • Unemployment • Eviction • Violence• Lack of affordable housing
Most Common Housing for Homeless:-Vehicles-Makeshift housing-Tents-Boxes-Caves-Boxcars
Statistics:Of 23 cities surveyed…-94% of homeless people are single adults-4% are part of families-2% are unaccompanied minorsIn Emergency Shelters…-70% are single adults-29% are part of families-1% are unaccompanied minors
What Emotions Can Homelessness Cause?• Much stress in your life• Makes you feel powerless• Makes you feel afraid if you don’t know what is going to happen
Homelessness Over the Years:• In the 1800’s, homeless people went to almshouses• In 1987, 1.7 million had mental problems or couldn’t hold a job• From 1987-1992, household healthcare payments rose to 56%• In 1995, over 37,000,000 Americans lived below poverty level• Also in 1995, San Francisco issued over 27,000 arrests and citations
WHO are Homeless? • Large proportion are teenagers• Runaway or “throwaway” kids whose parents want nothing to do with them • ½ of all homeless children in NYC are teens • 76% of homeless people in NYC are families with children • Teens are among the fastest growing homeless groups • 135,000-400,000 veterans are homeless today • Over 70,000 homeless children don’t attend school regularly • There are about 500 street kids in San Diego, CA • 750,000 Americans are homeless on any particular night
What happens to their life:• More years on the street means they become less mobile • Drink more and worry less • They scavenge, beg, and panhandle • Majority of homeless people would not say they chose the lifestyle, but that it just happened to them
Did you know? According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, young people are about 15-20% and almost 1/2experienced violence in their homes.
City Laws Against homelessness:-5 out of 50 cities are named ‘meanest streets’ because of laws of homeless residents on public property.
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