The Unequal Reality of Homelessness in the United States

The reality of homelessness in the United States varies greatly from city to city, state to state. For example, New York City has a homeless population rate of about one percent. For every 100 people in New York City, one is homeless. Other cities, like Santa Cruz-Watsonville in California are twice as high.

by David Stone

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Homeless individual sheltered inside the Roosevelt Island Subway Station in New York City.

These numbers only tell part of the story, though. The homeless population is not evenly distributed throughout these areas; instead, it is concentrated in certain neighborhoods. For example, in New York City, within the Bronx alone, homelessness varies between 6% and .4% among communities.

Why does this matter? Because it shows how unequal our society is. In a wealthy country like the United States, it is inexcusable that some people have to go without a home, while others live in luxury. We need to do more to help those who are experiencing homelessness, and we also need to work harder to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

There are many things we can do to achieve this goal. Here are a few ideas:

  • Increase funding for affordable housing and homeless shelters
  • Provide more support services for people who are struggling financially
  • Make it easier for people to access government assistance programs
  • Reduce the cost of housing in high-cost areas like New York City and Los Angeles County

Why is homelessness inexcusable?

The main reason why homelessness is inexcusable in a country as wealthy as ours is that we have enough resources to make sure that everyone has a place to sleep and stay warm. We can do more with our money than just buy bigger houses and nicer clothes: we can use it to help people who need it most.

In addition, there are many things we can do to help prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. For example, by providing more support services for those who are struggling financially or making it easier for them to access government assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid, we can reduce their risk of homelessness.

We need to do more to help those who are currently experiencing homelessness, and we also need to work harder to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. With enough resources and political will, we can make sure that no one in our society has to experience this kind of hardship.

How can we solve homelessness?

There are many ways to solve homelessness. As starters, we could provide more affordable housing, increase the minimum wage or improve mental health services. But there is one solution that would help all of these problems: a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG).

What is a Basic Income Guarantee and How Would It Work?

A Basic Income Guarantee is a government-provided income that would be given to all citizens, regardless of their employment status or income level. This guarantee would help reduce poverty and homelessness, while also providing people with more flexibility to find work that best suits their needs.

It’s important to note that a Basic Income Guarantee would not be a hand-out or a welfare program. Instead, it would be an unconditional income that would be given to all citizens, regardless of their employment status or income level. This guarantee would help reduce poverty and homelessness, while also providing people with more flexibility to find work that best suits their needs.

A BIG would give people enough money to afford housing and food. It would also help people who are struggling to find work. And it would improve mental health services because people would no longer have to worry about how they will afford to eat or pay the rent.

A BIG may be the best way to solve homelessness in the United States. It fixes many problems at once and especially helps poverty’s worst victims: families with children.

The National Center on Family Homelessness estimates a staggering 2.5 million children are homeless in America. How many futures are wasted annually in this inexcusable reality?

What are the biggest obstacles to ending homelessness?

It turns out that the biggest obstacle is a lack of money, even though there is extraordinary wealth everywhere. It isn’t shared equally.

Homelessness is not about mental illness, alcohol or substance abuse, or other issues popularized by mass media. It’s a question of income inequality and the willingness – or lack thereof – to do the obviously right thing. That is, shift a part of that wealth to meet society’s greater need.

The facts tell us that homelessness in the U.S. is inexcusable. We have enough wealth to make everyone safe and warm. But we choose not to use that wealth to solve this problem. Instead, we allow people to sleep on the streets and in shelters. We let children go without a roof over their heads.

We can do better than this. It’s time for our country to start living up to its ideals and take care of all of its people.

How many children are homeless in the U.S.?

Children make up about one-third of the homeless population in America. They are more likely than adults to be affected by homelessness, and they experience its effects differently from adults. Homeless children have higher rates of health problems and behavioral issues compared with their stably housed peers. They are also less likely to succeed academically, which can have long-term effects on their lives.

What can we do to help homeless children?

There are some things we can do to help homeless children, including:

  • Providing them with safe and stable housing
  • Ensuring they have access to food and medical care
  • Making sure they attend school

These are the basic ways we can help homeless children. We need to do more to make sure they have the same opportunities as other children in our country. It’s time for us to take action and end homelessness for good.

What taxes can contribute to ending homelessness in the U.S.?

We are proud of being an immigrant nation. But there is one thing we do not want to be known for: having a large number of homeless immigrants living in our backyard.

How many people are homeless in the U.S.?

According to the latest estimates, there are at least 550,000 people who are homeless on any given night in America. This number was gradually declining before the COVID pandemic in recent years, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

We cannot let homelessness continue to be a part of our society. It’s time for us to take action and put an end to this problem once and for all.

Sleeping in the subway station, better than out in the cold but not what a wealthy nation should do.

What can we do to help homeless people in the U.S.?

There are many things we can do to help homeless people in the U.S., including:

  • Providing them with safe and stable housing
  • Giving them access to food and medical care
  • Making sure they have a job or the ability to find work that best suits their needs.

A BIG, as explained above, is the fastest and most effective way for humanely doing what needs to be done.

What is causing the increase in homelessness in the U.S.?

There are many reasons why there is an increase in homelessness. Among them…

  • The coronavirus pandemic throwing people out of jobs and, ultimately, homes
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • High unemployment rate among some groups magnified by a decrease in jobs requiring fewer skills
  • Mental illness and substance abuse problems These factors contribute to people becoming homeless. They also make it very difficult for these individuals to find permanent homes or jobs.

We need to address these issues and find solutions so that we can put an end to homelessness in America.

How much would it cost to solve the problem of homelessness in the U.S.?

The most reliable estimate is about $20 billion a year to provide everyone homeless with safe and stable housing. This is a fraction of the amount we spend on other programs, and it would make a significant difference in the lives of homeless individuals and families.

Some facts from Global Giving for perspective:

  • Americans spend $19 billion a year on appliances that should be unplugged.
  • Americans spend more than $35 billion a year on gym memberships.
  • The U.S. government spent around $718 billion on its military in 2019 alone.

We need to find ways to fund programs so that we can start solving the problem of homelessness in America.

Conclusion

Homelessness is a major problem in the United States. It affects millions of people and causes many negative consequences. We need to take action and put an end to this problem once and for all. There are many things we can do to help homeless people, including providing them with safe and stable housing, food, medical care, and jobs.

Importantly, we must bypass the mass media-created illusion that our homelessness problem is overwhelming. Less than 1 in a hundred people are homeless in America. The problem is easily solvable, if we have the will.

So, do we want to solve the problem of homelessness in America or don’t we?

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  1. It has great information on this post. I know that the biggest reason for homelessness is because of their attitudes from where they come from & how they either were treated or how they treat others if they don’t want to be controlled. I was homeless also because of the number of problems that have arisen since the CoVid-19 started. People being thrown out because of renters who can’t handle differences throughout the apartments within the city or in that part of the community.

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