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What is the meaning of being homeless?
Many people believe that being homeless means not having a house to stay in for the night... but is that all there is when it comes to the issues of homelessnes
"How can you say that you are successful?"... I heard this question during a career development seminar when I was still in High School. There were a number of different answers to that question. Some said they would consider themselves successful if they already have their own cars, their own businesses and a stable source of income. Some others relate to success as the recognizable result of becoming an achiever. From all these responses I have observed that at least 70% of the participants responded to the question by saying that they would consider themselves successful if they already have their own homes.
In a way, the word "home" has been described in two particular contexts. One is that of the place where a family stays; a structure that protects a unit of individuals living together from the harms of the environment. Another description refers to the home as the "family". The direct reference of the home as the family strongly defines the united state of several individuals related with each other through blood.
With these contexts in mind, it could be asked, What then does it really mean to be homeless?
Based from the recent US Census, there are at least a towering rate of 45% of homeless individuals in the State of New York alone; this rate even increases to at least 2% every year. Most of those who are included within the said percentage come from the minorities. Homelessness for them means not having a house to stay in. They cannot be found in one address nor in one area alone within a month. Most of these individuals have either lost or have never had jobs hence cannot earn for rent or at times even for food. In other impoverished communities, the rate is even higher and staggeringly shocking.
On the other hand, there are those families who do have a house to cover over their heads.However, despite all the supposed achievements and properties of these families, their members somehow feel empty. The pressures of gaining financial freedom for the whole family has caused them to neglect the most important elements of being a united group of family members. The children of such families are most often than not the ones experiencing the impact of such situations. At least 34% of the children who were brought up under such circumstances end up in prisons and worse, some others resort to suicide due to massive depression.
So again, the question is, who really are homeless...
...The ones who do not have a house to stay in, or the ones who have a house but cannot feel the existence of a family that loves them?
This just in....
another hubber has written a remarkable post regarding the different issues that homeless individuals experience and I sincerely hope to link this hub to that one. The link could be found below.
- Helping the Homeless
This is a discussion about the most crucial issues homeless people have to deal with in the streets and in anywhere they tend to spend their nights in. Such an informative description about the homeless that hopes to wake the senses of the society.