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Who Are the Homeless? – Homelessness, Health, and Human Needs


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“Homelessness is certainly not a decision, but instead an excursion that many get themselves in”, Asa Don Brown. Homelessness is defined as living in houses that are underneath the minimum standards of lodging. Homeless convey not many belongings with them; they rest on roads, in entryways, or on docks and numerous other hazardous spots.

As indicated by studies, it is assessed that around 150 million individuals that are about 2% of the absolute populace of the world, are destitute. While 1.6 billion individuals need satisfactory lodging.

The US is among developing countries; more than 500000 individuals are destitute. In Pakistan, about 35% of the population lives under the destitution line. It is assessed that there are around 20 million individuals lacking in sufficient lodging, with the larger part living in ghettos and different sorts of transitory lodging.

Today, vagrancy among families is getting more normal and is shockingly spreading everywhere in the world. Most house owners are unaware of the condition of the conditions that the vagrants live in and many can’t grasp the difficulties and difficulties and hurdles they faced just to keep themselves alive.

Most vagrants are known to live in deserted structures, transports, vehicles, traffic intersections, and in numerous network leaves. Vagrancy is characterized as somebody who can’t stand to pay for lodging without denying themselves of the fundamentals required throughout everyday life. 

Each homeless person has his own unique story, yet there are many issues that are recurring that plunged them into homelessness. One in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 has suffered an addiction to either drugs or alcohol at some point in their lives.

Domestic violence is also another common cause of homelessness. Violence within the home can leave people with no other choice but to run away, in order to escape. There are some other factors that contributed in a cause to someone becoming homeless, these include: being a veteran, poor mental conditions, poor finances, inequality, poor relationships with family, and social issues, foreclosures, poverty, the decline in public assistance, eroding work opportunities.

According to the recent annual survey by the United States a Conference of Mayors, major cities across the country report that the most important causes of homelessness among families were: lack of affordable housing, unemployment, poverty, low wages, substance abuse and the lack of needed services.

Homelessness isn’t someone else’s issue. It’s a ripple effect throughout the community. It impacts the provision of healthcare resources, crime, safety, the workforce, and also the use of tax. Further, homelessness impacts the present as well as the future.

The effects of homelessness on homeless people are very large; they range from health issues to personal entrapment. It is believed that many homeless individuals failed in their lives to cope with their difficulties and this makes them alienate themselves from the rest of the world. There are many effects of homelessness on individuals.

Homeless people often encounter plenty of health issues in their lives. They lack access to health care and often have illnesses, which is worsened by tough living conditions like sleeping outside in all weather, eating cheap starchy foods, lack of attention from people, etc. And because of lack of necessities, they suffer from multiple diseases such as Cold Injury, Cardio-Respiratory diseases, cancer, Tuberculosis, Skin diseases, Nutritional deficiencies, Sleep deprivation, Mental Illness, Physical and sexual assault, Drug dependency, Mortality, HIV/AIDS, etc.

When a homeless person realizes that he won’t have a roof to live under forever. It is this fact of not dealing with the reality that makes him less able to take action, but they suffer psychologically results in loss of self-esteem, becoming institutionalized, increase in substance use, sleeplessness, fear, depression, anxiety, loss of ability and will to care for oneself, increased danger of abuse and violence, increased chance of entering the criminal justice system, and development of behavioural problems.

Homelessness can have a negative effect on the community, society, and economy. Homelessness is an economic problem, a human tragedy. Our own community members live in tents and under bridges, vulnerable to inclement weather and violence, stripped of dignity and our collective respect. In Pakistan, this huge problem of homelessness can be called a humanitarian crisis that needs our abrupt attention at the earliest.

Education has a vital role to avoid homelessness; the probability of homelessness decreases significantly with the extent of education. An absence of social insurance can cause homelessness; we’ve had to assure that everybody has easy accessibility to Social Security, independent of where on earth we are living.

Governments need to set a framework where it’s a personality’s right to possess social insurance. Poverty is also the cause for homelessness; we’ve got to fight poverty on a worldwide scale so as to mitigate the homelessness issue. Orphans are often in great danger to become homeless since they typically don’t have persons who be sure of them and show them a path to a brighter future.

Therefore, governments and native municipalities should find programs for orphans where they’ll get help and also funding to avoid homelessness for orphans. In areas where minimum wages don’t seem to be enough to afford to house, governments should raise the earnings up to a level where people are able to afford to house. Governments and other authorities are answerable to line up programs that aim to integrate these homeless people back into our society.

Submitted by Rahat Tufail, Aaiza Farheen, Amarzish Munir and Noor u lain Naqvi, Date 14 January 2021

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