Since the 1940's, the issue of homelessness has remained a growing concern within the United States. In the United States, there are two prevailing theories on the causes of homelessness. One theory attributes the cause to society-based conditions within an individual's circumstances. The other theory views personal problems as the cause. Factors contributing to the problem are varied, and depend on circumstances that include both societal-based causes, and personal problems. Homelessness is caused by a number of factors that differ for each person. Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. People who are poor are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, child care, health care, and education. Difficult choices must be made when limited resources cover only some of these necessities. Often it is housing, which absorbs a high proportion of income that must be dropped. Being poor means being an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets. Unemployment is always an issue for some, but has become so for more people over the
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