Homeless in America

Who are homeless people?   Who is vulnerable according to age, gender, race, income and education? Let’s see how this affects individuals in this vulnerable population status of morbidity and health, in America.

A homeless individual may be an individual who does not maintain a proper place to live. According to Title 42, Ch 119 of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a homeless individual is one who is unable or unwilling to achieve and maintain a positive, safe, and adequate housing and one who may lack the proper and adequate night-time place of residency. A homeless person may be considered more than a stereotype of one who is unemployed, maybe lazy and begs for money, food or a place to stay. These types of people may be standing on a nearby street corner asking for change from anyone that passes by them.

There are two types of homeless people.   One type of homeless person is a chronically homeless person. According to the American Homeless Population Statistics, “the chronically homeless individuals make up approx 23% of the homeless population. They are described as disabled persons who have been homeless for more than one year.

The second set of a homeless person is the transitional homeless, who can be individuals or families who are without homes for a specific and generally shorter period of time. It can be said that families account for approximately 41% of America’s homeless. Mentally ill persons make up almost 25%, while on the other hand, veterans make up 23-40% of homelessness.

The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that children have become the largest segment of the population that would be affected by homelessness. According to the National Coalition for the homeless, in 2005, 41% of the people who were homeless were under the age of 18. Some homeless people could have been runaways, but most lived with their families or at least a sibling, sharing either a room at a home or living with relatives or family...