Homeless Kids in America
The number of child homelessness in America is a worrying sum, one in 30 kids (almost 2.5 million children) are homeless in America. Surprisingly, America’s GDP stands at a whopping $16.8 trillion, yet has the developed world’s second highest rate of child poverty
The steps described below outlines the various practices, policies, and interventions necessary to stop homelessness in America. Nobody said its going to be easy to this this growing virus in America, its going to be a long process that will take years to achieve. But with the right approach, homelessness will certainly be a thing of the past one day.
Reducing homelessness requires an integrated system approach, where each category works hand in hand with each other. However, prevention of homelessness requires the collaboration between system and institution, high level of coordination between all levels of government, and cooperation at the community level. Here are the few ways we can reduce the number of homeless kids on the street.
Structural prevention: This involve legislation, policies, and investment that builds assets, and improved social inclusion and equality. Example: Increased housing affordability, anti-discrimination policy, training, practices. Poverty reduction strategies, as well as income support.
System prevention: This entails addressing institutional and systems failures that contribute to the risk of homelessness. Example: Barriers to accessing supports, such as transportation challenges, citizenship requirements
Early prevention: This involve implementing policies and practices to support individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness or who have recently become homeless. Example: family mediation, case management, and shelter diversion
Eviction prevention: Implementing programs and strategies to keep people at risk of eviction in their homes and prevent homelessness. Example: Landlord/tenant legislation, rent supplements, emergency funds, legal advice and representation.
Initiating support for homeless people and making sure they don’t go back homeless ever again. Example: Education and employment, support for health and well-being, improving social inclusion, and domestic violence victim support.
Causative factors of homelessness
these factors include economic and social issue that affect opportunities and social environments for people. These factors include the lack of adequate income, access to affordable housing, experience of discrimination, and healthcare support. These problems can be difficult for people to earn proper income to pay for food and housing.
Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. People who are unable to afford basic things like food, clothing, and shelter. Being poor can mean you can end up in the street at any time.