By: Ryan Lech & Bobby
History of Homeless
• In the start of the 1980s, homelessness
seemed to burst all over the nation.
• Images in the newspaper and on television
of people sleeping on subways and living
in abandoned train tunnels.
• Politicians visited shelters and spent the
night on the streets to “experience”
• Even in today's society with the economy
in good shape, there is still a homeless
• Hundreds of thousands of Americans are
Who are the Homeless?
• The issue of homelessness is complicated
by many important difficulties.
• Among them is simply defining who is
• The Mckinney Act defined as homeless
those who lack a fixed, regular and
adequate nighttime residence or those
who have a primary nighttime residence.
• Homeless people try to hide their
homelessness and try not to go to
• Because of this, counting problems have
resulted to the number of homeless people
in the U.S.
• The estimates range from 250,000 to
Homeless population continued.
• Most homeless people are single men,
while 14% are single women.
• Families with Children make up about 36%
of the homeless.
• More then half (58%) are Black, 29%
White, 10% Hispanic, 2% Native American
Why are people homeless?
• Homelessness has many root causes and
so there are many reasons on why people
• Some reasons why people become
homeless are: lack of adequate health
care, high levels of property, drug and
alcohol abuse, breakdown of family-
support systems and lack of affordable
housing for poor people.
Homelessness in the future
• Experts are worried about the future
mainly because of the economy.
• In the current economic crisis, if it
continues or worsens, could lead to a
major increase in the general homeless
Supporting the Homeless
• Supporters of housing the homeless have
been successful in assisting the homeless.
• Since 2007, a decrease in homelessness
in cities and all over the U.S has occurred.
• Housing First is also more cost effective,
noting that providing people with houses is
less costly then letting them stay on the
Neglecting the Homeless
• Critics of Housing First argue that focusing so
much on the chronically homeless neglects the
needs for the normally homeless.
• Another problem is that the program cannot
move every chronically homeless person off the
streets for good.
• Mentally ill or substance abusers may not even
benefit from the program in the long run.
Solutions to the problem.
• They say the most urgent issue is lack of
affordable housing, and that they should
have government subsidized housing
• Others say any solution to the homeless
problem must begin by addressing issues
such as mental illness, chronic disease
and substance abuse.