Adult Homelessness Population Term Paper by Nicky

Adult Homelessness Population
A description and solution for the social injustice of homelessness.
# 147881 | 1,848 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 04, 2011 in Sociology (Poverty)

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This paper discusses the issue of homelessness, providing various statistics, some causes and offering solutions to the problem. It includes studies that have been carried out suggesting that one cause of homelessness is the de-institutionalization of the mentally ill, and how divorce, domestic violence, large medical bills, disabilities and natural disasters or fires often leave people financially crippled.

Extent of the Problem
Homelessness as a Socio-Economic Injustice
Solutions For Change
Data Systems
Shortening Homeless Time
Links to Services
Challenges and Stumbling Blocks

From the Paper:

''According to the Almanac of Policy Issues (n.d.), between 700,000 and 2 million people are without a home each night. By far, the adult homeless population is responsible for most of that number. Single men constitute 44% of the homeless population and single women 13%, while the rest of the population consists of families and children living, homeless, on their own. Donohoe (2004) argues that the issue of homeless has been "largely ignored by the mainstream press and the general public" despite its growth. According to Donohoe, (2004), seven percent of Americans have experienced homelessness, while 2.5 to 3.5 have been homeless at some point during each year. Ten percent of the homeless population can be classified as chronically homeless. These are the people who tend to "cycle between homelessness, hospitals, jails, and other institutional care" (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2007a). These people generally have a serious mental or physical disease such as an addiction or psychiatric problem. There are between 150,000 to 200, 000 of these people in the United States (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2007a). Contrary to the often-espoused ideas that the adult homeless population live on the streets because they do not have jobs, or have problems with drugs and alcohol, Donohoe (2005) argues that 20% of the homeless population have full or part-time jobs, although the 1996 National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers found that 66% did have a problem with drugs, alcohol, or mental illness (National Almanac of Policy Issues, n.d.).''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Almanac of Policy Issues. (n.d.). "Homelessness." Retrieved April 11, 2009, from the Almanac of Policy Issues Web Site. Web Site:
  • Donohoe, M. (2004, July 7). Homelessness in the United States: History, Epidemiology, Health Issues, Women, and Public Policy." Retrieved April 11, 2009, from Medscape Today. Web Site:
  • Homeless Resource Network. (n.d.). "Factors Contributing to Homelessness." Retrieved April 11, 2009, from the Homeless Resource Network. Web Site:
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness. (2007a). "Fact Checker: Chronic Homelessness." Retrieved April 11, 2009, from Web Site:
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness. (2007b). "Fact Checker: Affordable Housing Shortage." Retrieved April 11, 2009, from Web Site:

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