Course: English 101-01S Outline
Date: Monday, Nov 1st, 2013
I. When you think of a homeless person or bum, do you think of a drug addicts, alcoholics, crack-heads?
II. I want to inform the audience of the many reasons that cause homelessness and what brings a person to become homeless.
III. It isn’t always drug or alcohol addiction that creates homeless situations.
I. Who, and why are they homeless?
A. Families with children. 30%
B. Children under 18 years old 39%
C. Veterans 13%
D. Victims of domestic violence 15%
E. Mental Illness 26%
F. Addiction disorders 30%
II. Reasons for homelessness.
A. Poverty, less job opportunities, economic downturn.
1. Up to 25% of homeless are employed.
2. “Homelessness is an extreme manifestation of poverty.” (Baumohl, 1996, p. 120).
C. Cuts to federal housing assistance. (HUD)
1. Fewer housing units are available according to the National Coalition for the Homeless (2009), “about 200,000 rental housing units are destroyed annually” due to budget cuts.
D. Addictions, Alcohol, and drugs.
E. Mental Disorders
F. Domestic Violence
G. Health crises
III. Effects of homelessness on individuals
A. Shorter life span
1. The death rate for homeless people is 4x’s higher than people with homes
B. Poor health
3. Sleep deprivation
4. Skin disorders
C. Children and teens have emotional and developmental problems
IV. Prevention And Solutions
A. Better employment opportunities
1. Expansion of education and training programs
B. Increase the minimum wage
C. Provide more low income housing and funding.
1. "The problem of homelessness is rooted in the failure of this nation to address its low-income housing problems, particularly the gap between housing costs and income available to pay them" (Baumohl, 1996.)
The governemt and people of America do not want people to live on the streets or be forced