“Who are we as humans beings if we ignore the suffering of others?”564,708 people are homeless in America, 13.5% are in poverty, and every 1 in 6 Americans are facing hunger.
Poverty and hunger are key factors to being homeless. Not helping the homeless makes America look worse than what we already are. How did homelessness even start? Many people probably wonder how did homelessness even come to be? If we didn’t have homelessness would the world be different? Would everybody care and help each other out when we needed it and even if we didn’t?Most patients were released from mental hospitals in the 1950’s and 1960’s, but most homelessness didn’t start or occur untils the 1980’s this came to be when incomes and housing options for those living on the margins began to diminish rapidly. Why would the hospitals even let mental patient’s out? They probably couldn’t get jobs because they were mental and needed help. The hospitals shouldve never did what they did they still needed their help. Today approximately 33 percent of the homeless are individuals with serious mental illnesses that are untreated. Many of these people suffer from schizophrenia a disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly, schizoaffective disorder which is a mental health condition that includes schizophrenia and mood disorder symptoms, bipolar disorder or major depression. Bipolar disorder which is a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows and manic highs and then depression which is having a loss of interest in activities, causing major changes in the daily life of the person.
The homeless population has increased steadily in cities and small towns since the 1970s. If the hospitals didn’t let out the patients they had would the homelessness rate be this high?We should be helping the homeless as much as we can, hunger and poverty are the key factors to being homeless. If you’re facing poverty, you’re usually hungry, and then you’re most likely to become homeless because you have no money to eat and if you don’t have money to eat you don’t have money to keep up with your bills or a car and all the other needs you have. 1 in 6 people in America face hunger, 13.5% are in poverty, and 62,962 men, women, and children are homeless.
In Michigan 12,227 people are homeless and 1,559,020 people are food insecure.Some Americans have thousands of dollars they’re just sitting on and do nothing to help these people out. We should help anybody that’s in need. Most people believe that helping the homeless means giving them money.
It doesn’t always have to be that. You can help them by doing many other things like making a toiletry bag, a toiletry bag is basically a bag that consists of everyday items such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush,or toilet paper . We can also help by giving them food, or even just recommending them somewhere where they can get help. Money doesn’t always have to be the thing you have to give them. The food can help someone out who hasn’t had hot food in a long time or who knows the last time they ate, and the toiletry bag can help them keep up with themselves. One person doing good can change the world.
How do people even end up hungry, homeless, or below the poverty line? Everybody goes through something in life, but how do people end up like this? Divorce, domestic abuse, alcohol abuse, house destroyed, job loss, and mental health can be leading factors to becoming homeless. The national law center on homeless women are victims of severe physical, sexual abuse, causing them to escape their abuser causing them to become homeless. Many people are homeless because they can’t afford rent, 25% of homeless people are children, also leaving or escaping their abuser.
Can we help these people and come up with an action plan or solution to help as much as we can. We can help the homeless, hungry, and people in poverty by having an action plan or a solution to put into action. Educate ourselves, people became homeless for many reasons lack of affordable housing, loss of a job, divorce, illness, substance abuse, or domestic abuse, we can show respect donate, volunteer, teach, reach out, seek out job opportunities, use technology, and or advocate. If we educate ourselves and actually try to help these people.
I believe we can help the homeless, hungry, and people in poverty.