The Homeless

Who are the homeless? How can you help them?

Most of these people live in poor or developing countries, but homelessness is a problem in developed countries as well. People who live in inadequate permanent housing are at times seen as being homeless. Many countries provide emergency shelters, temporary housing, or permanent housing for homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless.

Allard, Scott W. "Homelessness." World Book Student. World Book, 2015. Web. 23 Nov. 2015.

Goldberg, Eleanor. “States Classify Attacks Against Homeless As 'Hate Crimes' To Curb Rising Violence.” Huff Post. Huffington Post. 24 Nov. 2015.

Discuss organizations in your community that help homeless people.

Pike County Outreach Council Churches, located in Pike County, which provides help in many different ways. They finance things such as food drives, yard sales, sponsor drives to collect toiletries, baby formula, diapers, etc., and 5K Run and Walks to raise money and take donations to support these people.

Bosrup, Eric. “The Pike County Outreach Council of Churches.” 2013. 23 Nov. 2015

Cited Picture: Bradford, Andrew. “WATCH As A Sarasota Woman Says The Homeless In Her Community ‘Aren’t People’” Liberal America. 16 Jul. 2015.

Children who are homeless don’t perform well in school. Why? What can be done to help them?

Around 87% of homeless children and youth are enrolled in school, but only about 77% attend school regularly. Some schools don’t permit homeless children to register without school and medical records. Others will not enroll children without a home address and there is often no transportation available to get children from shelters to school. When helping these children, it's as simple as taking a few extra sandwiches when you go out. When you pass someone who asks for change, offer him or her something to eat. If you take a lunch, pack a little extra. When you eat at a restaurant, order something to take with you when you leave. One of the most direct ways to aid the homeless is to give money. Donations to nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless go a long way.

Doorways for Women and Families. “Impact of Homelessness on Children.” 2012. 24 Nov. 2015

Cited Picture: Couch, Robbie. “There May Be More Homeless Kids Than You Think”. Huffington Post. 18 Aug. 2014.

Find statistics about how many children in America/Ohio are homeless. Discuss.

More than 47,500 children in Ohio and 2.5 million children in the U.S. are homeless at some point in a year.

The Columbus Dispatch. “47,000 kids homeless in Ohio.” 2015. 24 Nov. 2015.

Cited Picture: House, Lindsey. “Transitional Living Centers”. Lindsey House. 2012.

How do people become homeless?

Homeless can be caused by tragic life occurrences like the loss of loved ones, job loss, domestic violence, divorce and family disputes. Other impairments such as depression, untreated mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical disabilities are also responsible for a large portion of the homeless.

HomeAid. “Top Causes of Homelessness in America.” 2007. 24 Nov. 2015

Cited Picture: HomeFirst. “No One Should Be Homeless – Especially a Child or Youth”. HomeFirst.