Homeless people are one of the biggest problems in the United States and even the world. According to USA Today, there are 610,100 that are homeless and 124,000 of them suffer from a severe mental illness (Jervis, 2014).This problem has caused for issues in in many areas. These people need help to get homes and if we don't provide for them they can get sick and die. The best way that we can help to make an impact in this problem is to volunteer in homeless shelters.
This topic is major problem for me and I hate having to think about it. When I see someone sitting somewhere outside with dirty clothes and a dirty bed, realizing that is where they sleep every night just affects me every time. Also there are over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night and these are the people that protect our country. (Quigley, 2014) If you are not having the same effect as me when I see that then you must not care about our community. There is nothing bigger than people in this world and to let other people go through this awful struggle is just terrible. Next we will talk about the the issues of this problem.
In our community homelessness has always been an issue, but it has got more of one over time. In past few years living in Raleigh/Cary has got more expensive and some can't afford it. A couple years ago a house that might have been $300,000 now may be $700,000, depending where it is located. Over time, since the house has gained more value, some taxes that the homeowner has to pay may increase also. To some people these increases in payments may be too much and can cause them to either sell and live in a smaller house or also go homeless.
For example, a local home in Raleigh was around $267,923 during the year 2015. In just one year, 2016, the price had nearly doubled at $431,813 and remains the same estimated value in 2017. But, because of the location of the house it is now listed at $699,000. Due to the location the price went up nearly $260,000. You can look at more information at Realtor.com
This isn't the only way people to become homeless there many more ways. For example, some people make decisions that may not have been very smart. They could have done something while not thought of the consequences and ended up facing the consequences later on.
“In 2005, an estimated 100 million people were homeless world wide. The same year 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing.” according to Homeless World Cup, 2017.
Homelessness can happen to anyone, it's not something people usually plan or they want. It affects everyone in the community in a way. A community is made up of many people. If more and more people are becoming homeless the almost everything will become more dirty and a more poverty community. Being homeless can cause many diseases and when they have these diseases they most likely go to the hospital. As more and more people become homeless that's more and more people that hospitals have to take care of. As more and hospitals become filled with homeless people that's less hospital care for us. Also most of these homeless people can't afford the bills for the care they receive and when they can't pay the money to pay for it comes from other people and their taxes.
There are several organizations specifically dedicated to homelessness. They hold a variety of events dedicated to stopping homelessness. They hold food drives, donations, give homeless people homes, and more. However, there is still a need for help in our community. There are over 4,000 homeless people on the streets. Most people don’t realize that mental disorders keep thousands of people homeless on the streets.
There are organizations that reach out to homeless individuals through street outreach. Then, they provide assistance such as providing a monthly rent to supportive housing so people with disabilities can have proper support. Nearly one million people have been helped because of organizations who prevent homelessness.
In the community there are many things we can do to help. One major thing we could do is volunteer in homeless shelters. In these shelters you supply the homeless with food and the other things that they need to live but can't afford. Some shelters that are close are Helen Wright Center, Warren House, and Raleigh Rescue Mission. All these shelters supply the proper shelter and needs that homeless people need. Helping these people that can barely afford to live and have nowhere to call home is very important. It allows everyone to have a chance of at least living a somewhat normal life.
In order for us to do this activity, we would have to know the steady supply of food for the homeless shelter. We can organize times to give the homeless food and their resting times. We could collect donations by holding food drives at the shelters and then provide food for the homeless.
If we can achieve these goals for the homeless people than we can make a big difference in their lives. When we supply these homeless people with the proper shelter we can achieve our goals of making others lives better. We may not ever be able to get rid of homelessness for everyone but we can sure make an impact to try and stop it.