END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS!

Did you know there is an approximate number of 744,313 men, women, and children who are homeless in the United States? (http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/How_Many.html)This number increases on a daily basis and there is not much being done about it in our society. There are plenty of causes that lead homeless youth to become homeless. According to research, there are five instability factors that cause homelessness among youth. These factors include: crime, less benefits for the homeless, why youth run away from home, health issues, and education.

Crime is a major issue in the homeless youth society. Homeless youth are at a risk of being in violent situations, because that is an outcome of being homeless. Being in a dangerous setting leads to crime. The dangerous locations where homeless youth hang out in is what causes the fights to occur from the start because there would be gang members and/or other homeless who begin to be violent with one another. If homeless youth had the opportunity to live in a safer environment that is provided for them, no crimes would occur.

In recent years, homelessness in the United States shows that there are more women with children who are homeless than men. With this being an issue, there are less benefits due to the welfare system. For improvement, we need lots of programs to be available for involvement and treatment.

Homeless families are never stable, therefore their children are lagging their education and do not attend their daily classes. Since families go around looking for housing, which causes them to have an unstable living, their child is forced to go with the parents just in case they won’t go back to the same location they were before. Lack of going to school causes the child to, firstly lose their home, they also lose the relationship with their friends, school, and support systems.

Homeless youth are at a high risk in having mental health problems, a couple of these mental health problems include: depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and self-harm. Mental health problems that homeless children have in the United States are predicted to be about 39 percent (http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/526/homeless-facts.html).

Plenty of youth become homeless because they get ignored by family members, they are physically and sexually abused from family members, the relationship at home is intense; getting verbally assaulted, and the obsession of money between the family members.

Youth need to be cared for, and given attention to. Once the family begins to slack on caring for the child and giving them love and attention, the youth, then tends to run away from home and lives on their own, since it would not make a big difference to them because they did not have a mother/father figure to look up to at home from the start and they feel they can take care of their selves.

HOW CAN YOU HELP TO END HOMELESSNESS?

A couple of ways you can do to put a stop on youth homelessness are:

  1. Contribute
  2. Advocate
  3. Reach out; volunteer
  4. Educate

Simply click on this link for more information on how to help end homelessness: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/want_to_help/index.html

Picture from: http://www.endhomelessness.org/blog/entry/senate-committee-takes-action-to-end-youth-homelessness#.VyEMQjArKUk
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