Homelessness

Nicole Gaethke

Causes of Homelessness

  • low income
  • lack of affordable housing
  • wartime after effects
  • unemployment
  • disability
  • drugs/alcohol
  • jail/prison
  • hospitalization
  • natural disasters
  • family break up
  • run-aways


What Does the Government do?


  • provides homeless shelters
  • provides public shelters
  • HEARTH Act
  • Continuum of Care
  • Recovery Act in Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing
  • Emergency Solutions Grant
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families


The government can make an innovation of the Affordable Care Act to help stop homelessness and better aid those currently suffering. Adoption of the strategy, Open Doors, a solution is a main goal instead of temporarily managing the problem.

What Can the Homeless do?

  • get a job
  • stay in a shelter
  • stay with friends
  • organize can and bottle drives
  • volunteer at organizations
  • Homeless Court


What Can the Community/You do?

  • organize a food drive
  • develop list of shelters to hand out to the homeless
  • donate money
  • donate clothing
  • give groceries
  • give recyclables
  • donate toys
  • volunteer


Personal Stories of Invisible People

Lisa and Lexus- Lisa was a pregnant woman who was unable to work. After giving birth to her daughter, Lexus, she had to break away from her family and go to Missouri for medical reasons and was unable to return to her family.



Ditsy- Ditsy is a 19-year old man who is homeless in Salt Lake City, Utah. He struggles for food and fears what the police may do to him in his sleep. He uses his love for kids to help keep him optimistic.


Brion- Brion was an army veteran who returned home to his mother and brother after being discharged. His mother asked him for money to buy drugs and he refused. His mother called the police and made them kick Brion out. He was placed in foster homes until he was 18. When the reporter asked him what his three wishes would be, he replied that he didn't have any.


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Court Decisions on Homelessness

Coalition for the Homeless v. Jensen- A requirement that people live in a traditional dwelling in order to vote and placed and unconstitutional constraint on the voting rights of homeless persons.



Pitts v. Black- States should use a broad interpretation of the term "residence" to include any place, including a non-traditional dwelling that an individual inhabits with the intent to remain for an indefinite period.


Fischer v. Stout- When registering to vote, homeless people may designate a shelter, park, or street corner as their residence.


In re-Application for Voter Registration of Willie R. Jenkins- Voter may name the location of where he/she sleeps as a residence even if the place is a non-traditional home, but must provide mailing address for place person has sufficient ties


Lavan v. Los Angeles- City was not allowed to remove and destroy unattended property on the sidewalk.


Occupy Madison- Madison, Wisconsin is planning to build "tiny houses" for the homeless. They are 98-square-foot houses that consist of a roof, insulated walls, compost toilet, and sink.