Suddenly Homeless In

UnCategorized Flash back to the images from the Great Depression and to the stories told by elder relatives that survived those challenging years. It was a time that marked America’s lowest economic condition and biggest success in overcoming adversity. That is, until recently. A Not-So-Distant Memory Today the United States is facing an economic crisis that often brings references to the Great Depression. One of the biggest hardships citizens are facing today is homelessness. Just as in the years following Black Tuesday, tent cities consisting of a multitude of tents or makeshift shelters in specified areas or just outside city limits are again springing up across the country. Within these ‘cities’ are dozens if not hundreds of families struggling to survive. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the recession will force an estimated 1.5 million more people into homelessness over the next two years. The causes will vary but the majority will be due to: * Increased job layoffs * Small business failures * Increased healthcare costs * Housing costs * Low wages for non-skilled workers * Unavailability of employment Approximately one-third of the nation’s homeless population consists of families with children. With the rapid decline of the economy, this number is continuing to rise. At the end of 2007 roughly 37.3 million U.S. households reported having severe housing cost burdens. Now, two years later, the burdens have grown and many families are falling victim to the home foreclosure crisis as well as the layoffs that have been sweeping the country. Lasting Effects A 2009 study by the National Center on Family Homelessness found that 1 out of 50 American children become homeless each year. The impact this increase is having on the younger generations is nothing less than tragic. The study estimates that some 83 percent of homeless children will have been exposed to at least one serious violent event before they reach 12 years of age. Of those, nearly 25 percent will have witnessed acts of violence within their own families (i.e. physical abuse). Homeless children have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems of non-homeless children. They are also four times more likely to experience delayed educational development. How to Help Now more than ever is a crucial time to get involved. Organizations across the country are banding together to aid those in need and greatly welcome any support offered. Some of the diverse opportunities available include: * Volunteering with a local organization working to end family homelessness * Supporting local, state, and national programs that help families rebuild * Donating to organizations such as HomeAid and others that are working to end homelessness in our country * Educating others about the extent and causes of homelessness in America and what they can do to help These organizations are putting forth a great effort but always need more help. Even the smallest contribution can make a lasting impression on someone who truly needs and appreciates it. By working together Americans can fight back against homelessness and give this country another triumph over adversity. About the Author: Some Denver roofing companies are utilizing a new technique to repair flat roofs. Let’s suppose the vertical distance from underside of roof is 9". But, most of the harm is done prior to the age of twenty. Feel free to surf to my weblog :: roof … 相关的主题文章: