Homelessness

“Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger-worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world.”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Homelessness is the state of living without any permanent home or residence. It is a very difficult ordeal to go through. The homeless person is usually devoid of any place to sit down, fall asleep or store their belongings. Such occurrences are pretty scary when it occurs to us once in a while, but it takes quite a heavy toll on these homeless people who have to endure it day after day. The prime cause of such vast majority of people being homeless are the sky – rocketing prices of houses these days. Other factors such as single parenting, high poverty rates, decreased mental health and trauma and also the lack of education and training influence homelessness. Several facilities now exist in today’s day and age in order to fight homelessness. However, these facilities lack the resources necessary to aid the homeless people. It is one such issue that can plague people of all age groups. Not only are the people who live on the streets homeless, some who even rent temporary accommodation throughout the year are also homeless. The story of a person becoming homeless varies widely from person to person. Research hasn’t yet been able to pinpoint it to a single solid reason. However, statistics from various homelessness centres show that most of the teenagers who seek such help are known to be victims of abuse, eviction or family breakdown. Some of the young also become homeless due to the loss of a loved one such as their guardian. This deals a heavy blow on them and their suffering becomes twice fold. Before they can obtain help, most of such people have to sleep rough on the streets or wherever they can find a place to spend the night. A majority of these people are uneducated and thus cannot get a job. Almost all of them cannot financially support themselves, let alone others who are homeless along with them. They do not even have enough money or receive enough financial support so that they can join an educational institution in order to pursue a degree.

“The homeless people’s suffering belongs to amusement of our political order under a game over the right of marginalised group being transformed into citizens for merely punishment and humiliation. The Public Space Protection Orders is a penalty over one’s condition suffering – it is a fine over the disempowered for being disempowered. This act allows power to fragment the homeless into sub-humans punishable for the state of utter misery.”
― Bruno De Oliveira
Most homeless people fall victim to drugs at an early state. This almost guarantees that they will never be able to get off the street. In case of such addicts, even the money that they earn from begging is spent on drugs instead of the food that they desperately need. Homelessness is also a trait very common in places struck by natural disasters. Thousands of people who were financially well – off before, now lose the shed above their heads and have no other choice than to live on the streets. The high prices of commodities in such areas also contribute to the fact that it is almost impossible for them to recover in the absence of external help.