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Final paper kim.doc week 6 - 1 Running head HOMELESS IN...

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1 Running head: HOMELESS IN HAMPTON ROADS Homelessness in Hampton Roads: Exposing Homelessness, and its Effects on our Society. Kimberly Brown South University
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2 Running head: HOMELESS IN HAMPTON ROADS Abstract The purpose of this work was to expose cause and effect of Homelessness, the Hampton Roads in particular. This paper was completed to inform readers the facts about homelessness: who are the homeless, why they are homeless and what is homelessness. The causes of homelessness were enumerated. The effects were also discussed. Finally, preventive measures that aim to minimize homelessness were clarified. Homelessness in Hampton Roads
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3 Running head: HOMELESS IN HAMPTON ROADS A popular quote states, “There is no place like home.” This is true indeed for homes provide comfort and ease to families and individuals. These serve as shelters that protect one not only from natural calamities but from life’s tribulations, as well. However, sad as it may be, not everyone is blessed with the comfort of a home. That is the cold truth. There are those who are homeless: a shocking truth that is becoming a rising dilemma worldwide. As rich as America may seem, this country deals with homelessness more often than one might think. Homelessness is defined as having no home or permanent place of residence, which is the issue that America is facing in higher numbers each year. People who are homeless are either unwilling or lack the ability to acquire a place or dwelling. The term homeless may also include people whose primary night-time residence is in a shelter, motel, domestic or other housing situation. According to the National Homeless Census (2009), “We were to automatically count: people sleeping outside; vehicles with covered windows; and makeshift structures such as tents and boxes [as homeless]. We were not to automatically count people leaving bars or waiting for buses. And finally, we were to take factors like loitering, panhandling, shopping-cart pushing, recycling, inebriation… into consideration when deciding who was and wasn't homeless.” The statistics that revolve around homelessness in America are truly astounding. The number of those who are homeless, as well as who the number encompasses, continues to differ each year. The National Coalition for the Homeless states that “On an average night in the 23 cities surveyed, 94 percent of people living on the streets were single adults, 4 percent were part of families and 2 percent were unaccompanied minors. (Homeless in America). By seeing these numbers make me think of how many people have no home. Having no home
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