General Facts About Homeless People

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Anyone who does not own or have the means to pay for a rented house and finds herself or himself living on the streets can be termed as a homeless person. There seem to be more people on the streets than ever before, which is not country specific. A homeless person is not someone who has to be looked at with disdain. In fact, there are quite a number of people who have been in top-notch positions, but due to a financial crisis they end up on the streets. To qualify if a person is homeless and requires housing at a shelter, the organization providing the means of free accommodation ensures that the individual is really out of sorts. One can put it down to no economic recourse and no subsequent help available from any quarter.

Here are a few facts about homeless people that will definitely get you to sit up and take notice.

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Economic reasons because of a loss of a job and lack of suitable funds to live in a reasonable dwelling can make one homeless.

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A drug addict who transcends from living on the streets, in a shelter, or at a friend’s place is also considered a homeless person.

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Criminals running away from the law and holing up on the streets are also a part of the homeless statistic. Not having regular contact with people makes it an easier way to avoid being caught.

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Drifters flit from one situation to the next. They can be junkies, depressed individuals, mentally unsound people, people out of financial luck, individuals down on their luck due to serious problems at home, etc.

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A chronic state where one experiences turbulence because of a deadly cocktail of financial problems and total helplessness makes one homeless.

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Natural calamities like earthquakes can cause serious damage to a building, which can crumble in minutes. This serious damage can cause a great deal of hopelessness and homelessness even if refugee camps provide shelter.

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Domestic violence is another reason why many find themselves in a homeless state and in a serious pickle.

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Poverty rears its ugly head, giving rise to a serious case of limited and no proper resources to help the individual or family make ends meet.

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Slum dwellers are often found in various pockets of the globe where they pitch their homes on vacant land. Invariably, if this is not approved by the authorities, the makeshift “constructions” are razed; and they find themselves without a home.

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Living on the streets is no easy feat—homeless people have their own territories and do not like sharing. Since money and food are scarce and with only whatever belongings they own, a lack of trust is a natural outcome.

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Homelessness is not age-specific, concentrated on the youth or middle-aged folk. In fact, quite a number of senior citizens are without a home because of limited or negligible funds. There are times when elderly persons may find themselves out of a place to stay because children do not have the time, patience, or inclination to look after them in their golden years.

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The fastest growing reasons why people find themselves without a home to live in are socio-economic reasons. A general feeling of hopelessness and lack of will can also contribute to a depressed feeling, resulting in people being homeless.

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Everyone is free to live where she or he wants to; but when the person is unable to pay for a decent roof above her or his head, life can be cruel, resulting in homelessness.

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Substance abuse, gambling, and other addictions are reasons why people do not have the willpower to keep a job. Invariably they end up on the wrong side of the law and find themselves out of favor with friends, thereby ending up homeless.

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Wikipedia says it like it is—homelessness is a condition where one does not have a structured and regular dwelling place.

 

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