Most of the time, people always relate homelessness to illegal immigration but it will surprise you to know that people become homeless in their own native country due to one reason or the other.
After reading this piece, you will come to realise that not every homeless person is an immigrant but homelessness can arise due to one or more reasons.
People become homeless for lots of different reasons. There are social causes of homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment; and life events which cause individuals to become homeless.
Homelessness can arise when people leave prison, care or the army with no home to go to. Many homeless women have escaped a violent relationship.
Many people become homeless because they can no longer afford the rent.
And for many, life events like a relationship breaking down, losing a job, mental or physical health problems, or substance misuse can be the trigger. Being homeless can, in turn, make many of these problems even harder to resolve.
People become homeless in many places like L.A., where homeless people are local residents “priced out of their apartments by rents that are rising faster than their incomes.”
Rents are strictly a result of supply-and-demand economics, and fewer rental units coupled with an increasing population will cause them to increase. Importing third-world poverty exacerbates that problem by bringing in more people to compete for the lowest rung of rental property.
That jump in demand will obviously drive rents up, starting from the bottom of the rental market.
Two-thirds of homeless people in L.A. County are not in fact homeless because of mental illness or substance abuse. People fall into homelessness because of the widening gap between wages and housing costs.
In addition to being literally priced out of your home, losing a job, losing a partner or suffering a serious accident or illness can result in homelessness.
If you lack job skills, cannot find a job or cannot work, closing the gap between average wages and housing costs will not mitigate suffering. More support services are needed as well.