Homelessness Have you given a homeless person food or money? When you have seen a homeless person on a street corner did you ever wonder how they got there? They could have lost all their money on gambling. That homeless person also might have lost their job, or couldn’t afford the bills. Or worst of all they ended up on the street due to drug and alcohol abuse. Below are some reasons how someone can end up without a home.Between 15 and 20 percent of homeless people became homeless because of a gambling addiction. Once they start gambling they can’t stop. In 2014 America spent 142.
6 billion dollars gambling while China, who spent the next most amount of money gambling, only spent 95.4 billion dollars. It’s like drugs, Once people get some money they go and spend it on their addiction. It is very rare to win. I am not saying that it is impossible to win the lottery, or hit the big one in a slot machine. Just don’t get addicted and lose your house. Another cause of people living on the streets is because of losing their jobs, or not making enough money at their jobs. People lose their jobs because they don’t follow the rules.
For example they are caught doing drugs or drinking alcohol, stealing money or food, or not showing up on time for work. Another way people can lose their homes is because they can’t afford their bills only making minimum wage. Minimum wage for example in the state of Missouri is $7.65 an hour. The average rent for a two bedroom house is $774 per month. That would mean they would have to work 100 hours a month just to pay rent, not including any other bills. And it doesn’t help if someone already is getting paid minimum wage and then they go and spend money on drugs which is expensive as you will learn about in the next paragraph.People might lose their jobs and start to live on the streets due to unemployment or low wages, but homeless people also end up on the streets because of drugs and alcohol.
On average 6 out of 10 homeless people spend the money they get on drugs. According to Terry Zobeck who is a director at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, “drug users in the United States spent approximately $100 billion annually over the past decade on illicit drugs.” Drugs and alcohol could lead to poor life decisions. Someone could be living a healthy life and then another person tells them to try some drugs. They then get addicted and can’t stop until they are out of money. This puts people people on the streets.
Alcohol has the same effect. Both of these ways can lead to living on the streets but then living on the streets becomes living in a coffin.These were all different ways you could become homeless.
There are other ways that people can become homeless too, for example military veterans become homeless because they come home and they don’t have a job or family so they have to live on the streets. Just think next time you see a homeless person, how did they get there?