The United States has an intense homeless crisis, and it is only growing. Since the beginning of 2023, the homeless population has been at a startling 580,000 people in the United States alone. This number is extremely large compared to many other countries. For example, Japan only has a homeless population of 3,000 people. The government has taken steps to address the homeless crisis, but it is not enough. The heightened number of homeless people in the United States is a result of many reasons, including domestic violence, poverty, addiction, mental health struggles, and lack of healthcare. Additionally, the effects of homelessness are abundant.
By: Cove Johnson Rabidoux
People experiencing homelessness are at higher risk of experiencing physical and mental health problems, including trauma, HIV, lung diseases, skin infections, and addiction. They are also exposed to dangerous environments that put them at risk of being victims of crime. Moreover, homelessness can significantly impact individuals' mental health, as they are often isolated and lack the resources to get help. Though the current homeless crisis in the United States is a complex problem with no quick or easy solution, there are several ways that you can help those experiencing homelessness. Volunteering at a homeless shelter or food pantry can make a difference in the lives of those in need. Donating clothing, blankets, and other supplies to those in need is another way to help. Plus, supporting organizations that are dedicated to providing support and resources for people experiencing homelessness can help to provide a much-needed lifeline.
To reduce homelessness, we must address the underlying causes. This includes providing more financial assistance, expanding job opportunities, increasing access to affordable housing, and increasing access to mental health services. Creating better support systems for homeless individuals, such as providing access to safe shelters, is also important.