The Silent Scream of Homelessness

Over the past several years, I traveled around the country and read widely to learn about the creative ways that people are living now. Those nuclear family households that we once considered “traditional” now comprise fewer than 20 percent of all households in the U.S. The vast majority of us need to find new ways to live. —

Whenever we see people in the streets begging for food or money, one thing that comes to our minds is that they are homeless people. Well, it could be a correct presumption, being with no home and all, but not all homeless persons are in the streets. Families who lost their homes can stay in public shelters, can find work and also pay for their daily expenses. Whether they are living on the streets or in a public shelter, the problem of homelessness leads to several effects that most of us don’t realize. This article will discuss the most common effects of homelessness on the person and his family.


Homelessness Defined

Homelessness is defined as not having a permanent home or place of residence. A person can lose his home if he can no longer afford to pay for it. It could be that he lost his job or lack the additional financial capacity to pay for it, like in the case of getting widowed wherein both partners share and have enough income to maintain the home. But with one person alone, there may not be enough to spend, not to mention the daily expenses for each member of the family.

According to one estimate, the number of veterans without stable accommodation was placed at nearly 58,000 (12 percent of the known homeless across the U.S.) as of 2013. — Romeo Vitelli Ph.D.

The Most Common Effects of Homelessness

Physical and Mental Health Issues

Without proper housing, individuals are more prone to develop health consequences both in the physical and mental aspects. Elements like increased threats of injury and accidents by living in the streets, extreme weather conditions, and unintentional overdose were all linked to mortality rates. Quality of life among homeless persons are identified as poor sleeping habits, chronic pain, limited access to medications, and even poor sanitary conditions. Physical health problems such as dental problems, skin and foot problems, and chronic infections are very much common.

Homeless persons are also more vulnerable to experience other problems such as abuse and neglect. Adolescents are observed to engage more in illegal acts, substance abuse, and alcohol intoxication.


Violation of the Law and other Criminal Acts

Statistics on homeless persons committing violence and other criminal acts are very high. Authorities have identified homeless persons committing illegal behavior as chronic criminals, supplemental criminals, criminals out of necessity, substance abusers, or the mentally ill.

Tourism and Economy

For the local business sectors, homeless persons are considered pariahs for reasons that they are not pleasing to see around the business area. Their presence can limit customers and tourists. They are also threats to the security and safety of passersby. Although there are no official studies to support this claim, local authorities have conveyed that there are several police reports that pertain to such complaints.

The homeless people would wear t-shirts as part of the position, stating that they are a Wi-Fi hotspot. This pretty directly insinuates that these people were, to an extent at least, being dehumanized. — Nathan A Heflick Ph.D.



The problem of homelessness is an ongoing social issue and the government in connection with local states have their very own solutions presented. There are welfare programs for those who cannot afford food and medicines. Temporary home-like public shelters are also available. Job opportunities are around and even schooling for children whose family is homeless are available. To some, homeless persons are considered pangs of society because of the negative image they bring, but it’s not always the case. In as much as the government should be looking after them, each person is also expected to work hard in order to solve his problem of being homeless.

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