Homelessness

By: Anna Thompson

Homelessness Causes and Preventions

Homelessness can be caused by several things, and is very scary to think about. The few main causes of homelessness is making little or no income, therefore not covering costs, a health crisis, and the split of a family. Some ways to prevent this or make sure you are covered if it does happen is maintain good health and health care, maintain a stable job, and have affordable housing.

Homelessness and Health

Homeless people face many issues, including diseases and infections. Due to the lack of ability to receive help homeless people are more at risk for deadly diseases and bad mental health. Homeless people are exposed to violence, hunger, and diseases, also they are more likely to be involved in risky behaviors such as drinking and drugs. Common health issues among the homeless population include tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, and liver disease.

How we can help

Public intervention is being done to help the homeless population, some things they are doing is:

-giving an education

-syringe and needle prescription programs

-chest screening for tuberculosis

- widespread cleaning for scabies and lice

-therapy for tuberculosis

Ways to Advocate to end Homelessness

Being an advocate to end homelessness is a very good cause and helps a lot of people.

Some ways to advocate are:

-spreading awareness

-getting involved in places like shelters

-urge passing laws to help the homeless

Just getting involved to help the less fortunate is a very big part of it.

Works Cited

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Koesters, Matt. "A SICK CYCLE: Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy a Challenge for the Homeless." News and Tribune. News and Tribune, 10 Apr. 2015. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

"National Homeless Person's Memorial Day." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 Dec. 2014. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.

"Preventing and Controlling Emerging and Reemerging Transmissible Diseases in the Homeless - Volume 14, Number 9-September 2008 - Emerging Infectious Disease Journal - CDC." Preventing and Controlling Emerging and Reemerging Transmissible Diseases in the Homeless - Volume 14, Number 9-September 2008 - Emerging Infectious Disease Journal - CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 Oct. 2012. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.

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