The homeless community struggles with issues that many take for granted. Most homeless people do not know when their next meal will be or if they will be able to shower. Because homelessness affects millions of people across the country, it is important to understand the causes behind homelessness and how society views the homeless community in order to find a possible solution.
Many people see the homeless as people who are lazy, on drugs, or are criminals. In reality, the homeless community is very diverse and most do not want to remain homeless. Society needs to understand the various ways they can help those who are currently homeless and those who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Awareness is an important factor for both the homeless and the communities. It is helpful for the homeless people to be aware of programs and resources in their area. Some programs and shelters offer housing, food, and job assistance in order to help the homeless get back on their feet. Those who have substance abuse issues, can enter rehab facilities in order to help their problem before in becomes an issue which results in homelessness. According to the Salvation Army, some of the programs available help individuals with psychiatric needs for their condition. Veteran assistance is also available for those who qualify or need medical treatment. The homeless youth can receive assistance from transitional housing centers and agencies specific to their needs as well.
It is important for society to remember that the homeless people are human and many of them would like to have a home, food, and employment. The National Alliance to End Homelessness has prevention assistance programs for people who are in jeopardy of becoming homeless. Prevention programs help families and individuals in order to reduce the number of homeless people.
Even though funding is a big issue for private and government organizations, it is important for the community to know there are other ways to help besides giving money. Locally and nationally community members and businesses can refer the homeless to local shelters and churches in order for them to receive some assistance. The assistance programs also vary depending on the reasons behind homelessness. There are some homeless people who want to remain homeless, although most would like help and awareness is a possible solution for them.
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