About the Problem
In past 5 years, homelessness increased more than 300% in our community. their mental health problems have gotten worse in due time because of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. A part of the middle class is pushed down to the lower class and the poor. People who can't make it anymore developed mental health issues and believed that the freedom they gain from going homeless is better than finding a job. More than 85 percent of homeless people have mental health problems.
By researching the homeless people in my community. I found out that the rate of homelessness keeps increasing. In the past two years, the number of homeless people in Sacramento County has increased by 68%, but that in Rancho Cucamonga has decreased from 54 to 47. I also learned that during the pandemic, Rancho Cucamonga's economy has been growing as many new job positions appeared because of the thrive of logistics and warehouses. Therefore homelessness has a relationship with economic growth.
It affects all of society. It causes stress for many who sees this. It impacted everyone in the society and raised stress levels for majority of California citizens. In our survey, 915 out of 1000 respondents felt the homeless affected their lives.
Homelessness has always been a problem, and such problem is growing. As the economy recesses, the stress level increases. Mental problems are challenging. Bring more stress to our lives.
The homeless problem keeps happening. Until everyone has stable income and is mentally healthy, there will always be homelessness. Society does not provide them with enough resources. Like an abandoned wolf in a pack of wolves.
Homeless people often come in and ask for food in restaurants. They ask for spare change in front of the stores. They wander around on roads for vehicles. They reside inside the dark and dirty alleys. People around them feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
The issue is perceived as a problem. People thought homeless people would become homeless because they didn't have houses, so they built houses for homeless people, but the real problem with homeless people is that they often resist being helped.
The specific geographic area impacted by the problem is California. Mostly middle-class, there are fewer homeless people in wealthier places such as Beverly Hills.
The stakeholders are students, teachers, the fire department, parents, homeless advocates, and police officers, etc. Everyone is worrying about the problem.
The real cause of the increase in homelessness is the unemployment rate, and many middle-class people have gone bankrupt because of the economic downturn. Americans have so little in savings—more than half of all Americans have less than $500 in savings—rent and health care don't come cheap. The large gap between the rich and the poor and the uneven distribution of resources are the main reasons for the existence of homeless people. The top 10 percent own more than 90 percent of the wealth. When we first started investigating why homeless people exist, everyone thought the homeless just needed a house to live in. The truth is that most homeless people have serious psychological problems. Nowadays, social media is very developed. Mankind saw many rich people. That's something poor people wouldn't have seen without social media. Many people are tired of constant effort with no return. Most poor people work more than 12 hours a day, but their rent still takes up more than 50 percent of their wages. Their salary can only cover their daily expenses. Most Americans do not have strong family values. Most people lose everything when they lose their jobs. In the Asian community, for example, Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Koreans, Singaporeans, and Hispanics, people rarely become homeless because their family values are very strong. These people have the choice to fall back on their families as they recover from a failure in society. Our group uses Instagram, XiaoHongshu, Weibo, Zhihu, and Facebook for research. Many posts and surveys have over one thousand views, and research has found that most people care about the homeless and want to help them. Everyone thinks that finding a house for a homeless person will solve everything. But after I interviewed a police supervisor who has worked with homeless people for 25 years, he told me that homeless people need more than houses. A homeless person is incapable of maintaining a house. More than 85 percent of homeless people need help for mental health problems, not housing. Homeless people think being homeless gives them freedom. They reduce a lot of stress, and they want to be free. Only less than 15 percent of the homeless need houses to solve their problems. There is scarcity of resources now, so people compete hard but still fail to obtain those resources. The increase rate of minimum wage is lower than that of inflation. There are a number of newly created job positions in Rancho Cucamonga because of the thrive of logistics and warehouses, making the economy of Rancho expand, which is why homelessness becomes less here. Therefore, in order to resolve the mental issues of the homeless, we should develop our economy so everyone can live safely and happily. Works Cited: Karlamangla, Soumya. “Rising Frustration over the Homelessness Crisis in Sacramento.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 20 Sept. 2023, www.nytimes.com/2023/09/20/us/sacramento-homelessness-crisis.html#:~:text=And%20the%20problem%20is%20particularly,to%20the%20latest%20federal%20data. “Lahsa Releases Results of 2023 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count.” Go to Main LAHSA Website, www.lahsa.org/news?article=927-lahsa-releases-results-of-2023-greater-los-angeles-homeless-count#:~:text=LOS%20ANGELES%20%E2%80%93%20The%202023%20Greater,to%20an%20estimated%2046%2C260%20people. Accessed 30 Oct. 2023. “The Number of Homeless People in Fontana Has Increased, According to S.B. County Report.” Fontana Herald News, 25 May 2022, www.fontanaheraldnews.com/news/the-number-of-homeless-people-in-fontana-has-increased-according-to-s-b-county-report/article_9ed471e2-d88a-11ec-8a47-e7d4e77fd219.html#:~:text=Two%20nearby%20cities%2C%20Rancho%20Cucamonga,most%20homeless%20people%20with%201%2C350.