Homelessness

Kyra Grandall

Causes of Homelessness

  • Drug addiction
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Job loss
  • Death of provider of family
  • Foster care problems
  • Kicked out of home
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental Illness
  • Foreclosure
  • Post-Traumatic Stress

Examples of Personal Stories

When Michael returned from his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan he found himself addicted to drugs and alcohol. That led him to lose his job and home. He is currently homeless in Syracuse. Catholic Charities are providing shelter for him at night.



Miguel was taken away from his mother at the age of 8. For the next 3 years he went through 10 foster homes. He then decided to run away. He tried living with relatives but when that failed he returned to his mother. His mother and him got into an argument and she called the cops on him. She got him sent to jail After he got out of jail he moved into the Covenant House, which is where he lives now. He is now trying to get his GED and plans to go to college.


Brian really wanted to be in the army, but 6 months after he joined he was discharged for medical reasons. When he returned home to his mother and brother, his mother asked for money for drugs. Brian refused so she called the cops and had him removed from the apartment. Ever since then he has been homeless in Pittsburgh. Before Brian went into the military he had went through 13 foster homes. He went into his first foster home at 9 and was taken out of the system at age 18. Brian believes that he is a product of the system. Brian ends up spending most of his nights awake because of the danger. He only feels safe in parks and places with security cameras.

What Can Be Done?

The government could open shelters but have strict requirements like no drugs or alcohol and no fighting at all. They could also have shelters for just women and children. They could also set up funding for homeless veterans to find them help. The homeless could follow the rules in the shelter. They could also try to find jobs while they are kicked out of the shelter. Homeless could lastly try and join the army or national guard. My community and I could set up local drives for food or clothes. We could also raise money for these individuals.


Supreme Court Cases

One supreme court case deals with homeless people leaving their property on the sidewalks. While these homeless are using bathrooms and such people are throwing away their stuff. The court declared that its their property and they have a right to it whether its on the sidewalk or not. Another case declared that homeless do have the right to vote!