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On The Street Homeless

Updated on May 15, 2014
Homeless spots in the USA
Homeless spots in the USA | Source

Homeless Strikes the USA

I suppose I've been living under a rock because I had no idea there were so many homeless in the United States. During my research I read some articles and looked at videos that watered my eyes. There are so many young adults, children, families, the elderly and veterans living on the streets and under bridges. What really brought my attention to this was a website I visited. After my purchase was made, an information box appeared stating how my purchase would help feed children. Well, I knew about the problem in other countries but right here in America? I began my search and I wanted to share with my readers what I found.

Before and After Foster Care

Infants have been left on door steps, taken out of the home because of different types of abuse, including left in homes alone. Circumstances such as these causes a child to be placed in the system. Children have been left in stores, bus stations and malls where the parent left and never came back. These children are placed in foster care.

An infant percentage rate of getting adopted is much greater than an older child. Most remain in the system until age 18. Sisters and brothers rarely remain together due to available placement and there have been cases where English speaking children are placed in homes where the foster parents do not speak English and vise versus. Children get bounced around going from one foster home to the next, never knowing stability or responsibility. The system does not pay for a child after age 18 and many wind up in the street without a penny and are not aware that there are programs that assist in the transformation from foster care to independence.

Then of course there are the runaways, some failed by adults due to abuse in many forms. There are the ones looking for the bright lights in the big city run away from the comfort of a home and loving family only to find a nightmare. These are the ones that fall prey to the streets, no money, no where to go and no where to sleep.

Once a child reach age 18, the state stop issuance of monthly checks. Foster parents that are in the foster care program just for the checks drop these youths off in the streets. The end, next. These youths have no knowledge how to take care of themselves so they become targets and easy prey to drug pushers and become addicts that will do anything for the next fix. The pimps train them how to prostitute, give them drugs to get them hooked, a place to sleep as long as they are bringing in the money. Many get involved with sexual predators and wind up dead. The list goes on and on.

Contact If You Need Help Now

Call if you need help right now Veterans: (800) 827-1000 Youth Crisis Hotline: (800) 448-4663 (800) 999-9999
Call if you need help right now Veterans: (800) 827-1000 Youth Crisis Hotline: (800) 448-4663 (800) 999-9999 | Source
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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hi Ruby H Rose and thanks for stopping in. The message products helps in many ways when you purchase one of them, a portion of the sale goes into a veteran program. My husband and I buy message products to help. I got into this several years ago when I was a CRC Representative for the VA. I should do a hub on these products so people will know where they can get them to help a vet.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Thank you Deborah Brooks for stopping in. Yes I have met Billy Buc, I need to go see him again, there maybe something else I can do.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      What a wonderful hub on such a project we all need to get involved in some how. Homelessness comes in many shapes and colors. Thank you so much for a hub that gets to the core of it. Donating and hands on projects, still didn't know about the message products for Veterans, thanks for that.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is an excellent hub.. have you met BillyBuc aka Bill Holland? he has started the HOW movement.. He has challenged all of us to write about HOW to change and help people in need. I will post this on the HOW site on Facebook

      I am Deborah Brooks Langford on Facebook



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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hi glassvisage, thank you for stopping in. I wish I could have built a gigantic house with thousands of rooms, plenty of food, water and clothings of all sizes and genders so I could help every homeless person in the world.

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for this Hub. The photos really add to your message. It is amazing how easy it can be to become homeless, whether it's a lost job, trauma or injury from war, a mental illness, and other things that can and have happened to many. I appreciate your compassion.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Yeah, I've read some horrible stories. There has to be a solution somewhere.

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      Cassie Smith 5 years ago from U.S.

      Your article reminds me again how the government does such a bad job when it comes to the homeless. The government-run shelters that have been set aside for the homeless are places they don't want to go because of lax management and security. I do think that private non-profits are better able at seeing to their needs.