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As Hudson and Nandy found out in their research, homeless youth registered a higher level of substance abuse (178). In this essay, I will compare various views of different authors about health and homelessness, and compare their study findings and assumptions about the same, to establish how they agree or disagree about various aspects in health and homelessness.
Hudson and Nandy compared different health issues among homeless people. These are substance abuse and high-risk sexual behaviour (178). In their study, they aimed at establishing the rate of substance abuse, high-risk sexual behaviour, and depression symptoms among youth, who were homeless. McNeil on the other hand, in his research, aimed at finding out how substance abuse among homeless people was a health concern among the population in Canada. In another study, Walls and Bell studied the correlates of the young and adult homeless youth, in engaging in survival sex. Finally, Nicholson, et al in their study, used a generalized approach to study the overall health situation of the homeless in Downtown Calgary. The findings of the different researches mainly agree about different health aspects and situations of the studied homeless populations.
First, Hudson and Nandy pointed out that both the homeless youth exposed to foster care and those not exposed to foster care use tobacco, alcohol, and other illicit substances. They also studied the variance of depression and risky sexual behaviours among the group. However, only their degree of use varied within these groups. While the homeless youth who had previously been exposed to foster care used more drugs, compared to those not exposed to foster care. They have argued that when youth are rendered homeless, they always suffer from anxiety and depression. Since these cannot access health care while on the streets, they turn to “self-medication” through use of drugs and alcohol
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It is these all-too-common conditions as well as other reasons that contribute to homelessness, a situation that is rarely a choice for persons who are forced live outside the security and comfort of a home environment. This paper will investigate the homelessness subject including why and what kind of people are homeless.
In the 1980s, the United States government estimated that around 200,000 to 500,000 Americans were homeless due to the budget cuts that were the result of an economic crisis. The homeless is a vulnerable population due to the physical, psychological, and social health risks that come with their poor lifestyle.
7). As the sun sets in, almost every night about 750,000 people in the United States of America have to undergo the harrowing experience that is simply referred to as being homeless (The Nation’s Health, 2007). Not to mention that a significant portion of these people happen to be women.
If someone is being evacuated from the present residence and he does not have any other place to live, nor does he have the resources to buy or rent another house, or his house has been rendered inappropriate by the housing officials and is no longer designated to be used for dwelling purposes.
Moreover, in some states being a homeless is illegal. Sitting, lying, leaning, panhandling, loitering, camping, obstructing the sidewalk, sleeping, storing property - all this is illegal.
On December 16th of the year 2000, a group of eight homeless men and women pitched five tents on public land and Camp Dignity.
Organizations focused on providing real assistance (housing, food, and clothing) exist in every region of the country. Most of these organizations are non-profit which means that they collect donations from population and cooperate with business units in funds generation and service provision.
The person in the above picture is undoubtedly a person who is experiencing homelessness as he shares the features of a homeless person. Firstly the person in the above picture is wearing clothes that are worn by almost every individual in the society