Homelessness in America

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Homelessness in America
Rachel Bryant
COM/156
September 16, 2012
Carrie Haddix

Homelessness in America

How many people do you know that do not have a warm and safe place to sleep tonight? Homelessness is a concern in America that stretches from our big cities to our small towns and many people are unaware of the number of homeless there are in America, or even in their own city. There are establishments that provide shelter for the homeless along with programs that are put in place to help them achieve goals to better the current situation that they have found themselves in. Even with the numbers high, there are those doing their part in the communities to put an end to homelessness in America. Even though the numbers have decreased there are still a staggering number of homeless people in America. Since the numbers change steadily it is difficult to have an exact number amount of the actual homeless percentage in America. In a study done in 2011 an estimated 636,000 people were homeless with almost 400,000 of these being single people, with this number including adult individuals and veterans in both chronic and non-chronic situations, making up 63% of the homeless population. Due to an increase in federal funds the numbers have declined from the numbers of earlier years. Homelessness does not only reach the adult individual or veteran though, as an estimated 237,000 families were found to be homeless making up 37% of the homeless population, making almost 1 out of every 4 children homeless. Out of 50 states five of these states account for 49% of the nation’s homeless and even though the overall average of homeless individuals and families has decreased there were several states where the numbers increased. California alone accounted for 21% of the homeless in America There is quite a large number of our homeless who go unsheltered, an estimated 244,000 live on our streets, in our parks, and under our bridges. Wyoming topped the...
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