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Homelessness is a serious problem in US that requires considerable attention at the state and national level. Considerable measures have been taken by government in past few decades to control the homelessness as a dramatic increase is observed in the homelessness condition. The population of homeless people includes individuals and families, who left parental homes, escaping domestic violence due to diverse characteristics and circumstances. Homelessness is 'universalistic' in the context of the welfare system.


Homelessness, gentrification, and the displacement of the urban poor have become crucial issues in public policy debates over the last decade. Homelessness is a crucial social problem skeptical to the role of state and their concern towards public welfare. It is often viewed as a result of interwoven systemic and personal problems. Government bodies suggest that the main cause of increasing homelessness among its citizen is the increasing gap between income level and housing costs. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development stated that country is now passing through worst-case housing needs period at an all-time high rate. However, few public and private agencies see reductions in chronic homelessness conditions prevailing across country (Glantz, 1999). Homelessness is increasing in families having a large family size and considerable low income below poverty threshold. This family segment is the rapidly increasing segment of the homeless population. Homelessness is not an inherent concept; different factors contribute towards to the increasing homelessness issues.

Definition of Homelessness

Homelessness is a prime concern of some significant policies. Broad range of definitions has been used to classify the people in homeless category under relative categorization of poverty. This requires reassessment of criteria to define the people who need to be viewed in homelessness category. Homeless people are categorized based on access to proper housing, low-cost housing construction policies, and the quantity of funds given to them. ...
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