8 Humbling Facts About Homelessness

1.) It is estimated that there are 3 million homeless people in the United States                        (Boes and Wormer 409).

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2.) More than half of the homeless have a history of mental illness                                               (Baggett and O’Connell 1326).

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3.) Millions of Americans receive inadequate healthcare due to their living situation and inability to afford healthcare (Baggett and O’Connell 1331).

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4.) In New York City, many people are forced to resort to living in the pitch black tunnels of the NY Subway (Horton and Landowne).

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5.) Many of the homeless are uneducated, unable to read or write (Horton and Landowne).

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6.) Homeless women have higher rates of health problems and face a greater risk of sexual and physical abuse (Boes and Warmer 409).

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7.) A common, yet false, attitude towards homelessness that is shared by many members of society, is that people need only a stronger work ethic to reclaim their homes and lives. It is simply not that easy (Boes and Wormer 418).

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8.) Social Services in places like hospitals is paramount because it can provide homeless men and women with the help they need. Services such as these are aimed at prevention; their ultimate goal is to keep people off the streets (Boes and Wormer 424).

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Sources:

Baggett, T., O’Connell, J., Singer, D., & Rigotti, N. (2010). The Unmet Health Care Needs of         Homeless Adults: A National Study. Am J Public Health American Journal of Public                 Health, 1326-1333.

Boes, M., & Wormer, K. (1997). Social Work with Homeless Women in Emergency Rooms:            A Strengths-Feminist Perspective. Affilia, 12(4), 408-426.                                                                doi:10.1177/088610999701200404

Horton, A., & Landowne, Y. (2008). Pitch black: Don’t be skerd. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos           Press.

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