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Homelessness is a devastating experience for families It disrupts virtually every aspect of family life damaging the physical and emotional health of family members interfering with childrens education and development and frequently resulting in the separation of family members The leading cause of homelessness is the inability of poor people to afford housing Housing costs have risen significantly over the last decate white the incomes of poor and middle-class have stagnated In addition who are unemployed or work in low-paying jobs are among the most vulnerable to becoming homeless Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing food child care health care and education Being poor means being an illness an accident or a paycheck away from living on the streets Homelessness frequently breaks up families Families may be separated as a result of shelter policies which deny access to older boys or fathers Separations may also be caused by placement of children into foster care when their parents become homeless In addition parents may leave their children with relatives and friends in order to save them from the ordeal of homelessness or to permit them to continue attending their regular school According to youth homelessness are family stress or breakdown physical or emotional abuse sexual assault incest poverty schooling difficulties institutionalisation or mental illness all cause youth homelessness In these young people being depressed angry and emotional They have low self-esteem and drug and alcohol abuse is common There are some strategies to control with youth homelessness or effective communication with them the development of rapport and engagement with youth people on their level interest the showing of respect including a respect for their choices The homeless people usually die in hospital and the dying homeless often appear to be dying alone The dying persons mind is filled with a myriad of emotions encompassing shock depression anger regret sadness and the ambivalence of acceptance and
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