scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 543
Homelessness condition of people who lack regular legal access to housingHomelessness has been recognized as a significant social problem in the UnitedStates since the early 1980s when an increase in the number of homeless peoplewas caused by a weak economy and cuts in federal aid for housing and incomeassistance Other periods of increased homelessness also have occurred many timesin history including during the colonial era Most other industrialized societies alsohave experienced increases in homeless populations in recent decadesThe number of homeless people in the United States has been an arguableissue for a while Advocates for the homeless claim that there are several millionhomeless people however recent studies suggest that the homeless number from600000 to 700000 Exact numbers are impossible to collect because researchersdefine homelessness in different ways and because the homeless are transitory Thenumber of people predicted to become homeless in any given year is estimated to bethree to five times the number of people who are homeless at any given momentThe US Census Bureau attempted to count homeless people in the 1990 censusHowever most people consider this attempt as a failureThe homeless population is largely made up of adult men but the number ofwomen children and youth has steadily increased This group now comprises morethan 40 percent of the total homeless population Most homeless people are alsoextremely poor and separated from their families and other social networks Aboutone-third of the adult homeless are chronically mentally ill and about half arealcoholic or abuse drugs During the 1950s most homeless people were older whitealcoholic men associated with the rundown sections of cities known as skid rowsTodays homeless however are mostly non-white relatively young with an averageage in the middle 30s and include a large number of women and children Aboutone-third of homeless men are veteransIn addition to the homeless population even larger numbers are consideredmarginally housed they are in danger of becoming homeless because of poverty orunavailable housing About half the nations poor households spend 70
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA