Homeless DB Group
HOMELESS DB GROUP 4
DuringMiddle adulthood, individuals endure various experiences and changesthat may either be physical or psychological. The middle adulthoodmay involve changes in body shape, lines, hair loss and a generaldecline in health conditions. One of the most distinct and pronouncedchanges during middle adulthood is the menopause that is mostlypredominant in females. However, during this period, adults tend tohave impressive cognitive development with enhanced cognitive skills(Nationalhomeless.org, 2017)
Notably,middle age is also associated with universal emotions such as fear ofneglect or discrimination. Some people in this age bracket may evenlose their jobs or may not have well-defined sources of living, andare mostly dependent on others. The stipulated common fears mayresult in alcohol dependence among other social problems. Individualsin this age bracket may also be preoccupied with taking care offamilies and may be overburdened at some point with relatedresponsibilities.
Mostof the socio-economic problems associated with middle age such aspossible job loss, diminishing support from the family and neglectare some of the reasons why people become homeless (NCH, 2017). Whenoverstrained by numerous life challenges, some adults may resort tosubstance abuse spending all their savings, and may with time lackenough money to afford decent or simple housing. The good news isthat numerous social support services aim at helping individuals,especially in the middle age to provide decent housing and avoidhomelessness, however, some people may still prefer to remainhomeless despite the existence of social support services(Nationalhomeless.org, 2017).
Accordingto the NASW Code of Ethics, the two primary reasons why someone mightremain homeless despite the availability of the support servicesinclude the political and economic issues. The lack of politicalstability which in most occasions have led to the destruction ofindividuals’’ houses, has resulted in increased cases ofinternally displaced persons and immigration issues, hencecontributed to homelessness. The massive failure of the economicpolicies is also a leading contributor to the cases of homelessnessas it might result in the housing policy problems.
Individualsentiments such as “They are too lazy to get a job,” “If theywould just work they wouldn’t be homeless.” “They choose to beon the streets. “They are homeless because of addiction oralcoholism and only want your money to feed their addiction,’’require a lot of professionalism from the social worker for theefficient management of the underlying problem. Specifically, I willemploy the critical thinking skills o determine the real cause ofsuch statements before coming up with the required solution to theproblem. Besides, as a social worker, my dignity and worth will bevaluable in dealing with the issues. The value of dignity will helpme solve the conflicts in a socially responsible manner.
Oneof the things I learned from reading homelessness is that there isneed to understand some of the factors that may result into an adultbecoming homeless without being too much judgemental. Some of thereasons why some individuals might still prefer to remain homelessinclude the inherent desire to flee from neglect or violence or as aresult of drug addiction (NCH, 2017). While some people may point tomissed opportunities in the past or poor decision making, and mayeven blame the homeless, I believe there is more that need to beexplored concerning homelessness.
Localresource available to the homeless:http://socialworkers.org/pressroom/swMonth/2012/toolkit/standards/Homelessness.PDF
NCH(2017) Homelessness among elderly persons. Retrieved from:http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/elderly.html (Accessed on27th March 2017).
Nationalhomeless.org.(2017). National Coalition for the Homeless. [online] Available at:http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html [Accessed 4 Apr.2017].
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Homeless DB Group
HOMELESS DB GROUP 4
Amajority of people are homeless, and about a half a million of peoplesleep on the street, bus stop, public parks, and homeless shelters.Similarly, in the United States, it is estimated that about 3.5million people are homeless. People who are homeless comprise adiverse group of individuals that includes single men and women,young people, adults and children with mental illness (Shinnet al., 2016).From the readings, I realized that there are three types ofhomelessness: transitional, cyclical and chronic.
TwoReasons Why Someone Might Remain Homeless
Thereare many reasons why people might remain homeless, even when supportservices are provided and for this research paper, two factors arediscussed. First, discrimination can result in an extendedhomelessness of an individual. This is when a social workerdiscriminates a person by color, sex, race, religion then they failto provide the required support. Secondly, when social worker lackscommitment to the clients and this might not help to promote thewell-being of clients especially those suffering from mental problems("Codeof Ethics (English and Spanish) – National Association of SocialWorkers", 2017).
Roleof a Social Worker
Asa social worker, such sentiments should be taken positively sincethey can assist to formulate better ways to help victims who findthemselves homeless due to such issues. As a social worker, I shouldtake it as my responsibility to ensure I promote the well-being ofsuch individuals irrespective of sentiments made about them (Shinnet al., 2016).Similarly, a person cannot become homeless willingly, but there mustbe some factor pushing them to do so, and identifying these factorsis a plus as far as the job of social work is concerned.
LocalResources Available To the Homeless
Thereare many resources that are locally available to the homeless such ashealth and safety. These resources that are provided to the homelessensure that their well-being is taken care of. These programs offerfree services to the homeless since they are not able to par for theservices.
Inessence, homelessness is a challenge in the United States and solvingsuch problem requires a collaboration of various stakeholders such asthe government. More programs should be developed to ensure thatpeople who don’t have homes can access facilities such ashealthcare.
Codeof Ethics (English and Spanish) – National Association of SocialWorkers.(2017). Socialworkers.org.Retrieved 5 April 2017, fromhttp://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/Code/code.asp?print=1&
Shinn,M., Brown, S. R., Wood, M., & Gubits, D. (2016). Housing andService Interventions for Families Experiencing Homelessness in theUnited States: An Experimental Evaluation1. EuropeanJournal of Homelessness _ Volume,10(1).
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