Category Archives: Homelessness
1. From Win Over PTSD- “Homelessness in Veterans” by Charlene Rubush:
I’ve just received a link from Rosalyn Willson to an excellent infographic article titled “Gimme Shelter: Homeless in America. It focuses on the many faces and causes of homelessness in the United States.
The article notes that there are approximately 62,000 or 13% of the homeless population that are veterans. In a 2011 HUD study it’s was learned that veterans are 50% more likely than other Americans to become homeless.
Also, homelessness has increased in 2013 by 6% from 2012. Veterans are more susceptible to homelessness due to many factors:
- Physical injuries
- Post-traumatic stress
- Mental suffering
The article extensively delves into the broad depth of the homelessness problem in our country. There are two main trends that are largely responsible for a rise in homelessness over the past 20-25 years:
- A growing shortage of affordable rental housing
- A simultaneous increase in poverty
While the article cites some pretty grim statistics, it also provides a small glimmer of hope. It lists some famous people who were once homeless and where they stayed. It’s quite surprising to learn of them.
Here are a few:
- Kelly Clarkson (Streets)
- Ella Fitzgerald (Streets of Harlem)
- David Letterman (His truck)
- Joan Rivers (Car)
- Martin Sheen (New York Subway)
I hope all my readers will go to the following link and read the full article. It is very informative and should make those of us who have a home realize how very fortunate we are.
Plus it may prompt us to see what we can do to become part of a solution to this crisis. It’s heartbreaking and shameful. As such a rich nation, mustn’t we do better?
2. From 100,000 Homes: “Housing First“:
The only lasting solution to homelessness is permanent housing. Far too often, however, we attempt to treat the symptoms of homelessness instead of its root cause.
For years, homeless service providers worked to offer medical and mental health care, addiction counseling, job training and countless other services to people living on the streets. Most homeless people were told they had to earn their way to permanent housing by checking these supplementary boxes.
While the intentions behind this approach were good, the unfortunate result was that very few people ever escaped the streets.
I have several pages on Squidoo and think it is an excellent way to learn about writing online. Kylyssa Shay was homeless 20 years ago. Her lens (post/article) on Squidoo includes the following:
“Just over twenty years ago, I experienced a year of homelessness. During that period of homelessness I was badly injured, both physically and emotionally. I have Asperger’s Syndrome, a contributing factor to my homeless situation and a barrier to escaping homelessness.”
“I’d like to share a little look into what it was like to live un-homed and unwanted. My point in this is to spread awareness of homelessness and to perhaps wake up a little empathy in people. My hope is that people will do something to prevent homelessness in their country, their community, and their family. I also want to show that homeless people are not all addicts nor are they people too lazy to work.”
“Due to unemployment and record foreclosures, more Americans are becoming homeless. These homeless people need our help and understanding.”
“It’s very hard for me to talk about my homeless experiences but I feel it is necessary. I find it much easier and less stressful to write about being homeless than to talk about it. This may in part be due to having PTSD but it is also an effect of Asperger’s Syndrome. Writing provides emotional distance and keeps me from getting too overwhelmed by the feelings associated with those times in my life.”
“In the blocks below you will find several how-to articles and an editorial I wrote about “The Homeless” from my own perspective. Understand that some of these articles were written from a place of pain and anger so they and their content are not pretty. Homelessness is not pretty, either but it has a face, and the faces of homeless people are just like yours and mine.”
Read more here.
Some related lenses in Squidoo about homelessness are: