Advocating for the Homeless

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Advocating for the Homeless
Carla Drayton
BSHS/442 Advocacy and Mediation
Steven Zitar
March 11, 2013

In this paper you will learn about some of the issues with advocacy in the human service field and how they are being address. This paper will give different areas that stand out in homelessness that needs to be examined. The areas that would be examined are the population of homeless people and their needs. The personal perspectives on assisting homeless people with problems as an advocate are as follows. There would be assist with clothing, food, shelter, job training, transportation, and manners and medical care if needed.

Specific Population: Homeless
Population for the homeless in one night in the United States last year was 633,782. That number hasn’t change from the year of 2011 it got higher and the reduction of 5.7% in 2007. Majority of the homeless people are single (62%) and the other (38%) are families. “The most proximate cause of homelessness in America is poverty” (University of Richmond, 2003). In the year of 2013 there are hundreds and thousands of people homeless in the United States; a person who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence is considered homeless. Homeless people deals with violence, illness, and drug addiction. The population is still rising and experts are trying to maintain the current population.

Assisting the clients
“Advocacy refers to influencing decisions that affect the welfare or interests of another individual or group” (Barsky, 2000, pg. 219). Being an advocator for the homeless would be a huge step to teach them about to never giving up, and there is hope for their situation. As an advocacy different examples would be given to the homeless people about other homeless people so that they would have hope and start believing in themselves again. One of the examples would be Tyler Perry because he is a millionaire but at one point and time he was homeless and had a dream. Tyler Perry...
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