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Homelessness has become a very important issue that affects a lot of people in our society today Homelessness refers to people who live on the streets with no physical shelters to people who live in sub-standard housing or in overcrowded or undesirable conditions Hargrave 1999 p1 In the 1980s the number of homeless Canadians was between 100000 and 250000 out of a total population of 28 million p1 Moreover surveys show that the number of homeless people in Canada and United States has been progressively increasing to a level beyond comparable to two generations ago Pohl 2001 p1 In1997 only in Toronto one estimated that there were more than 168000 people as either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless Wasylenki p1 This clearly states that with time homelessness affects a greater proportion of the population Also in 1998 the mayors and councils of the ten largest cities in Canada affirmed that homelessness is a national disaster Pohl 2001 p4 Not only does homelessness affect more people with time but it has been recognized as a very serious problem that should be taken care of immediately However because these past few years homelessness hasnt been a main priority in the eyes of our society it is still visible on our streets across the nation The causes of homelessness originate in structural and individual factors such as economic instability political barriers and psychological disorders This issue will be studied through a disciplinary analysis It will focus on the economical political and psychological causes of homelessness In addition certain theories and concepts will be analyzed to increase the understanding of this social issue The first discipline that will be integrated is economics The related theory involving economics and homelessness is the Fitzpatrick Kemp and Klinkers structural theory explaining the four main structural categories causing homelessness In addition the concept that will be explored is the influence of the change in structural variables The second discipline that will
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