The Social Issues of Homelessness
November 24, 2008
The Social Issue of Homelessness
Homelessness has always been a major social issue for cities across the nation but in recent years it is reached astonishing proportions. In this essay I will try to summarize ten recently published articles and each of the authors view of homelessness. First I will discuss some of their opinions of the causes of the recent increase of homelessness and who or what is to blame. Next we will look into just a few of the effects of homelessness, both to the homeless and those around them. After that we will explore possible solutions that have been tried or proposed.
Many of the causes for this alarming increase in homelessness have …show more content…
Homeless shelters across the nation are reporting record breaking numbers of people coming to them for shelter. Many shelters are being forced to do a lottery system and turn people away. States are even putting many families up in hotels, motels and inns. In many cases this can be cheaper for a state than paying for a homeless shelter. Wait lists have also been developed because of the massive need for shelter. James Temple of SF Gate says that in San Francisco, CA, “the waiting list for families seeking shelter has doubled since this time last year and that on a recent spot check at