The Homeless and the Heartless
Homelessness in the United States is a Problem...
As of 2018, over 500,000 people on any given night are homeless; According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Annual Homeless Assessment Report. Homelessness emerged in the united states long before the great depression and will probably exist long after I die... The problem is, it's not that big of a problem. Let me explain:
The 500,000 people who need a place to call home, and food to eat, only account for 0.17% of the population. Mathematically speaking, chances are it's not a big enough problem that it affects you on the daily. After All there's a safe bet that someone at this moment is sipping on a $12 latte with their face buried in this very article as they pass a homeless person begging for change.
Funny factoid: Did you know that over 1.5million single family homes and condos are currently unoccupied as of Q3 2018?
These "zombie foreclosures" account for 1.52 percent of all homes nationwide ... and in my mind would be a great first stepping stone to solving the problem that is homelessness.
Many people look down upon those in need simply because they are unaware of the causes of homelessness in the United States. They include: lack of affordable housing, divorce, post traumatic stress disorder, foreclosure, fire, natural disasters (hurricane, earthquake, or flood), mental illness, physical disability, to name a few.
Homelessness in the United States affects many segments of the population, including families, children, domestic violence victims, ex-convicts, veterans, and the aged. As the Holidays are fast approaching, so is the cold weather for many millions of americans... now more than ever is crucial to your part in help those in need. Share a little, Receive a lot. So many people are thankful for even the smallest bit of help.
One act of kindness can change someone's life for the better.