Psychological Impact of Homelessness, Immigration, and Discrimination

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Psychological Impact of Homelessness, Immigration, and Discrimination The world continues to become more diverse every day. Everything from education, business, and communities are learning to accept multicultural practices in order to push forward in this changing world. However, there are people that hold negative views of others different from them and contribute to those that have issues as the result of bad treatment. Homelessness, Immigration, and Discrimination are all sociopolitical factors that may hinder the psychological development, distress, and behavior on a culturally diverse individual. This paper will attempt to define and address potential issues an individual may face as a result of the three sociopolitical factors. Homelessness

Homelessness is generally defined as an individual that doesn’t have a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence. “On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless, according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty” (Almanac of Policy Issues, 2004). In December 2000, the US Conference of Mayors reported that the homeless population is made up of about 50 percent African-American, 35 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Native American, and 1 percent Asian. The report indicated that single men and women were 57 percent of the population, while families with children accounted for 36 percent. Veterans make up an astonishing 40 percent of the homeless men accounted for. The 2008 US Conference of mayors reported that main causes for homelessness for people with families were lack of affordable housing, poverty, and unemployment. For singles, the three most vital factors were substance abuse, lack of affordable
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