Homelessness

to lack a permanent home, resulting in living on the streets

How to prevent going homelessness

John Lozier says, in order to prevent homelessness, we need to provide affordable housing for everyone, provide well paying jobs for all people, and make healthcare clinics more accessible for everyone. Even though we are aware of how to help prevent homelessness, our country has struggled to eliminate all three things. Therefore, in the last 50 years the amount of people who don't a permanent home, has continually increased.

Would being homeless affect your health?

The answer is yes. John Lozier the Executive Director for the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council claims, due to being exposed and not getting treatments they need, homeless people have many health complications and are highly likely to catch communicable diseases. As an example, homeless people are more likely to get tuberculosis than people with a regular home. In fact, TB rates among the homeless can be up to 20 times higher than the general population. In the United States, more than 5% of people with TB reported being homeless within the year prior to diagnosis.

When you are homeless, it affects your health in various ways, you are more susceptible to different diseases and once you get them it is harder to get the help you need and stop the diseases before they get too bad. Your social health would also be affected because most times, people won't want to associate with you because you are homeless. Your family might stop inviting you to things and stop seeing you altogether. Your emotional health may suffer as well, you wouldn't feel very confident in yourself and might feel that you would have very low self value.

How large of a problem homelessness is

In the United States, 1% of the population experiences homelessness in a given year. Although the Unites State's homeless population is decreasing, homelessness is a national problem for the US and other countries struggle with it too.

What we can do to help

If you know someone who is going down the path to become homeless, step in and stop them. Talk with them about what they're doing and express your concern. If you don't know someone who is homeless you could raise awareness about how large the problem is. The United States need to make easier accessible medical facilities, better paying jobs, and affordable homes or places to stay. Volunteer for different organizations like Joppa (Des Moines) and help the homeless people there. Homelessness is a very common, severe condition and needs to be ended.

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