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Homelessness on the RIse

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Lauren Binz

on 16 May 2017

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Transcript of Homelessness on the RIse

Homeless Women
Homeless Youth
Homelessness on the Rise
Homelessness in the LGBT+ community
Homeless Veterans
Reasons why people become homeless
-they don’t have enough skills or education to get a good job
-they have lost their job
-they have a physical or mental disability
-they experienced an accident or developed an illness and can no longer work.
-they can’t find a good job because of workplace discrimination
-no support from their family

Catholic views on Homeless

1 in 194 people in the U.S. will experience homelessness at some point for over a year

having shelter is a basic human right
ensuring everyone has access to a safe and stable home is part of working for the common good

Homeless Shelters
Food Banks
Rape and Violence
58% of women sleeping on the streets had been intimidated or threatened with violence in the past 12 months whereas this occurs to 42% of men
one in four homeless females has been sexually assaulted
in the past year
women's shelters rarely offer beds to women who fear violence from other people (put others in shelter in danger)
Survival sex is prostitution engaged in by a person because of their extreme need
. It describes the practice of people who are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged in society, trading sex for food, a place to sleep, or other basic needs, or for drugs.
Survival Sex
Dealing with a Pregnancy and/or children
22% of young homeless females are pregnant and they are are 3 times more likely to have a premature delivery
expectant mothers put off accessing services out of fear child protection agencies
Dealing with your period well Homeless
an box of tampons that contains 24 regular tampons can cost around $10
women have to decide if they would rather eat a meal or be clean
many women cope with their periods in unsanitary ways (using socks, make shift tampons, towels, newspaper)
Family Problems
physical and sexual abuse, mental health disorders of a family member
substance abuse and addiction of a family member, and parental neglect
youth are asked to leave the home because the family is unable to provide for their specific mental health or disability needs
family can not afford to take care of them
becoming pregnant is one of the primary reason girls leave or are kicked out of their homes
75% of runaways are female. Estimates of the number of pregnant homeless girls are between 22%
homeless pregnant women all described complicated relationships with their families of origin and with partners, encompassing violence, abandonment

Substance Abuse
substances may be used for various reasons
up to 60% of youth have met diagnostic criteria for both substance use and mental health problems
73% of homeless youth smoke weed regularly, 34% use hallucinogens regularly, and 51% admit to drug dealing
Difficulty transitioning
About 25% of the veteran population in Canada face difficulties transitioning from military service to civilian life and face a risk of homelessness and addictions.
One veteran described the transition “like being on Mars and coming back to earth”
Mental Illness
11% of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
70% have substance abuse problems
50% have serious mental illness
51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
Their Families
forced to leave because their families do not accept them
told they must change their ways or leave
youth rejected by their families are more likely to be suicidal
Catholic Catechism Article # 2443 God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them:

Catholic Catechism Article # 2446 St. John Chrysostom vigorously recalls this: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs."
What Can be Done?
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