Why are there so many homeless people in the USA?
March 3, 2013 9:24 AM Subscribe
Please help my son (17 years) with a presentation about the homeless people in the US. We are from Scandinavia, and due to our welfare system, we don't have the same situation as in the US. We have explored several issues, and the more we search, the more questions we have.
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For example, in our country, if you lose your job, you will get 2/3 of of your salary from the govnt. (under a certain amount) till you find a new job, or if you become sick/have an accident, you will be on welfare, also receiving about 2/3 of your salary (also limited to a certain amount) somewhere between one - two years. It has to be said that the "certain amount" is quite good. You can live well - with compromises of course (depending of course what your salary was). After that, if you are not able to work, you would still have sufficient means to manage (though for many, it is difficult). This basically means that you will get help - and still be able to live where you live, or move to a cheaper place. Hospital is free here. So, the questions are...
Is it correct that the main reasons for becoming homeless are;
- losing your job, not being able to pay a mortgage/rent
- becoming sick/having an accident without health insurance
- mentally ill people
What have we missed? But what about social service in the states? Welfare? Is it a fact that if you get fired, and you don't have a salary coming in next month, then there is no unemployment aid?
Do you always have to have a health insurance? What about Obama's new health care bill? Does this help?
What can the homeless do to get help; food, shelter, financial aid, get back into "real life" again?
Thanks in advance!