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Issues on Homeless: Mental Illness

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Special Problems of the homeless - examples would be mental health issues, conflict resolution, physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse, substance abuse/alcoholism, anger management, relationship building, and anything else.

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OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Homelessness & the Risk of Mental Disorders

The United States Department of Urban and Housing Development (HUD) defines A chronically homeless person as (2008) - "an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more, or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years." Prior to the Recession of 2008, it was estimated that around 2.3 to 3.5 million Americans were homeless (National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty) with the highest rates in the following States - Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington State, and Washington, D.C. Of these, 1.5 million are children. It is estimated that the recession has forced 1.5 million Americans to homelessness due to loss of jobs or the inability to pay their mortgages and ballooning bills. It is a sad situation when one is confronted with homelessness - witnessing a sense of misery and hopelessness in the man, woman or child living rough in the streets at the mercy of the elements and strangers. While there are shelters and government measures put together to help the homeless - to feed them and to protect them, it is estimated that up to 58% of them remain unsheltered and still many more unaccounted for.

Every one of us have had the experience of being confronted by a homeless person or a beggar to ask for help and assistance. While our situation may not be as bad as in certain metropolises in the third world (Manila, Bangkok, Delhi), the ...

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The solution explores the problems that affect the homeless. It focuses on the problem of mental illness among the homeless populace in the US looking at incidence of homeless mental disorders causing those afflicted to be at risk (victimization) or to be the ones putting communities at risk (performing violent and criminal acts because of mental disorders). Descriptive data is included in the 1,064-word solution side by side with current research results from field experts. A list of sample cases are presented expandable via their own 'web article links' indicated in the solution. References, both web and print are listed. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.