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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”
      Present homelessness
• Even in today's society with the economy
  in good shape, there is still a homeless
• Hundreds of thousands of Americans are
  homeless still.
     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 Population
• 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
  3,000,000 people.
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
  are homeless.
• 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.

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