Homelessness in American

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Homelessness in America Homelessness in America has always been an issue but it has become an even bigger issue over the past years. With a world filled with global conflict, disappearing jobs, higher education cost, and increasing poverty in America, the homeless need our help more than ever. Just last year, the national poverty rate rose to include 13.2 % of the population. Also, 3.5 million people were forced to sleep in parks, shelters, under bridges or in cars. Hunger and homelessness are increasing epidemics plaguing the United States. Because of the high cost of living, high unemployment rates, and low-wage jobs, countless Americans are forced to choose between food, housing, and other expenses. According to recent studies, money …show more content…

I could go on and on about the causes and factors leading up to homelessness but, I would rather discuss how we can help those who are homeless and hopefully prevent homelessness in the future. We as Americans have many options to help support the homeless and stop the issue from growing in the future. One way is to donate to the programs and organizations that help those who are homeless. There are hundreds of programs and originations out there in every city that take donations of all; from food, to money, blankets, water, and clothing. All it takes is a simple Google search to find those organizations or programs in your area. One organization I would like to discuss in particular is Virginia Supportive Housing. I first learned about this place in my Psychology class and I thought it was one of the most amazing organizations I’ve heard about. Virginia Supportive Housing is a not-for-profit that transforms lives, transforms communities and provides permanent solutions to homelessness. Their mission is to end homelessness by providing permanent housing and supportive services to the homeless. VHS was founded in 1988 with the name SRO Housing of Richmond. It was the first not-for-profit in the Commonwealth with the mission of providing permanent supportive housing to homeless single adults. It took 4 years, but in 1992 the first apartments opened in Virginia called New Clay House and homed 47 formerly homeless single adults. In 1999, the name was changed Virginia


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