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Homelessness has been a growing concern globally I was internally disturbed whenever I saw a homeless person I always perceived a homeless person to be only men in dirty clothes with long white hair and beards asking for food and money Nowadays homeless individuals can either be men women and especially children It was even harder to see kids in this condition My heart just poured out to them whenever they cried The scenario was not any different from other parts of the world The only difference is that homeless people were found only in certain parts of the city in the United States We tend to take for granted the lives that we live by ignoring this problem Every year there seems to be a general increase in the problem of homelessness By being a health care provider this makes the problem even more visible Many attempts have been made by the government to help solve this issue but there has never been a satisfactory grip on the matter It is difficult to address this problem due to several social political and cultural issues First I wonder whether or not homelessness is a choice Homelessness can be caused by a variety of problems The main cause is unaffordable housing for the poor Secondary causes include mental illness physical illnesses substance abuse lack of incentives to work and poor work ethics Many choose to be homeless in order to run away from their social responsibilities In many cases people are in and out of the homeless system which includes shelters hospitals the streets and prisons It is these chronic users of the system that utilize up to 90 of the nations resources devoted to the problem I raise the issue of choice because many individuals that become homeless have a very predictable cycle of behavior For this reason our efforts are directed to a segment of the population that does not even see their
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