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Causes of Homelessness

Lack of health care, fair living wages, and affordable housing are major causes of homelessness.
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Elizabeth Rosenberg

on 8 March 2015

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Transcript of Causes of Homelessness

Causes of Homelessness
Homelessness
Consequences
Poor choices
Judgments
Misconceptions
Being homeless is not a choice.
Major Causes of Homelessness
Lack of affordable housing
Lack of fair living wages
Lack of health care
Lack of Affordable Housing
"Housing accounts for a high proportion of costs which may be dropped to afford other necessities."
-National Low Income Housing Coalition
Fire
Flood
Tornado
Job loss
Fair Market Rate:
$1291/month
Housing
Medicine
Food
Section 8 and Public Housing
2012
2019
7 year wait
32,000 people on the list
in Baltimore city
Lack of Livable Wages
Minimum wage: $7.25
3.4 Full-time jobs
or
137 hours/week
Lack of Access to Health Care
Housing
Medicine
Health
Bills
Choice
Medication
Transportation
Electricity and Housing
Food
Essential Needs
Choice
Poverty
Clothing
40 hour-week
$24.83/hour
$37,960
inability to work
ill
poverty
jobless
illness
Homeless
The "Insured"
(under-insured and can't be re-insured)
62.1% of bankruptcies
3/4 had insurance
face possibility of homelessness
The Uninsured
(57 million people)
SSI
$698/month
31% of general
population
10-15% of homeless population
approvals
"Most homeless persons with mental illness do not need to be institutionalized but can live in a community with the appropriate supportive housing options."
-2003 U.S. DHHS Report
Addictions
Aging out of
Foster Care

Discrimination
Incarceration
Domestic Violence
annual salary
unemployment
Veterans
issues

-Out of Reach 2012
National Low Income Housing Coalition
-U.S. Department of Labor
National Low Income Housing Coalition
-Out of Reach 2012
-U.S. Department of Labor
&
Out of Reach 2012
National Low Income Housing Coalition
-Out of Reach 2012
National Low Income Housing Coalition
$
(Supplemental Security Income)
New Housing Units
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
-2013 Annual Plan
-Physicians for a National Health Program
-Social Security Administration
Mental Illness and Disability
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
and
-National Coalition for the Homeless
-National Coalition for the Homeless
$7.25
$24.83
Redevelopment
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