The percentage of homeless people has reached record levels. Job layoffs, inflation, lack of affordable housing, foreclosures, and the absence of preventive services are some of the reasons why people become homeless. And this is a vicious cycle. Having no permanent address makes it difficult, if not impossible, to apply for a job, attend school, and meet one’s basic needs. Poor nutrition, lack of access to healthcare, and chronic health problems are associated with homelessness. It is a stigma. And your life is on hold. Homeless people often have a chaotic lifestyle, and their children end up in foster care. Shelters are a temporary solution for debt-ridden people who rely on welfare benefits to survive. Chronic homelessness is a serious problem. According to statistics, some 30 percent of homeless people attempt suicide. And they often engage in illegal activities and behaviors. Which makes it a societal problem to solve.
Infographic courtesy of Winnie Wong
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