Mental illness is one of the main concerns revolving around the homeless community of the United States. In Address Unknown- The Homeless America by James D. Wright writes, “next to alcohol abuse, mental illness is the second leading problem within the homeless population.” Most people are aware about why mental illness among the homeless is an Read More
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There are several organizations and people who are writing about homeless people with mental illness and how this issue can be resolved or even prevented in the United States.
Nancy Vogel is an independent Mental Health Care Professional. Nancy Vogel has produced Housing the Mentally Ill and Chronically Homeless: An Effective Solution, Read More
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I believe that mental illness in the homeless community is a very important issue that needs to be discussed more in our society. Many homeless people can’t just help themselves get back on their feet because most of them suffer from a mental illness that Read More
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What Should the Government Do?
The United States legislature should work with the homeless suffering from a mental illness in order to help them live their lives without any more difficulties. The United States Legislature should provide better care and facilities for the homeless who are suffering from a mental illness of some kind.
Step 1: Create Permanent Housing
The United States government should create subsidized housing for the mentally ill Read More
As homelessness continues to increase in the United States, so do the issues and controversies related to it. Because homelessness is a very broad issue, many people have different opinions regarding how the issue should be handled and/or resolved. Some may believe that it’s simply morally adequate to help those who are homeless and some may think that homeless people are homeless because of their own specific reasons. Read More
Some of the respected organizations writing about homelessness include Volunteers of America, National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Stand Up For Kids. All three of these organizations are providing assistance to the homeless, and working hard to possibly end homelessness.
Volunteers of America
The first organization that I will be writing about is Volunteers of America. Read More
The website, “National Coalition for the Homeless” is a credible website because the website is written by credible authors, the information is accurate, and is overall reliable and credible.
The National Coalition for the Homeless is a network of those who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness in the past.The author’s/creator’s names are fairly easy to find on the website. Michael Stoops, Megan Hustings, and Je’Lissa Fowler are the main creators of the website.The website also lists the creator’s credentials.
Michael Stoops has been working with the homeless since 1972 and he was also a founding board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless.Stoops is now the Executive Read More
Domestic Violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness that causes many families to fall apart, forcing them to leave their home and live out on the streets. Nikita Stewart, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, wrote, “New York City to Add Housing for Domestic Violence Victims,” published in 2015 on The New York Times. Nikita Stewart has written many articles that revolve around the issue of homelessness. In her article, Nikita Stewart argues that although domestic violence has been causing many people, especially women and children, to live out on the streets, the city has been lacking in providing services for several years now in New York. Stewart begins establishing the credibility of Read More
Although, we may think we know why a person ended up spending their day and night out on the cold streets, we really just don’t know what caused them to live on the streets. We usually just assume that they’re probably just drug addicts or such; however, we don’t understand that they might even suffer from a mental illness, maybe they were or still are a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or maybe a loss a loved one lead them to depression, or maybe they just could not afford a place to live due to the affordable housing crisis in the city. Understanding the causes that lead a person to become homeless can play a major role in reducing homelessness overall from our community.