These clients are all different gees and nationalities. Stemming from the elderly and mentally challenged, the ex-offenders and homeless veterans just to name a few. The human service professional has been put in place to provide a safety net for the community, with assisting the client with the right resources that will enable them to be healthy, productive and self-sufficient.
But this can’t happen if our elderly are abused or they don’t have health insurance or our returning citizens who are coming home from prison can’t get a job because they are labeled a FELON for life, nor can they apply for food stamps and some are even denied educational benefits. Therefore being pushed back into a life of crime and old behavior and it looks as if the returning citizen hasn’t been rehabilitated when in all actuality society has failed them (Bath, 2013).
The alarming number of homeless people is at an all-time high as the economy continues to deteriorate and the number of social service and housing funding cuts increase so does the number of homeless clients. Understanding homelessness requires a grasp of several social issues: poverty, affordable housing, disabilities, and others. “According’ to the national alliance to end homelessness the national rate of homelessness in America was 20 homeless people per every 1 0,000 people in the general population. The rate for veterans was even larger with 29 homeless veterans per every 10,000 people in the general population.
Many veterans come home with OPTS and find that they have no support from family and applying for benefits and being approved can be a lengthy process. So veterans are left to sleep on the streets with undiagnosed issues that usually lead to other problems like substance abuse and crime (“National Alliance to End Homelessness: Snapshot of Homelessness,” 2014). Another problem our human service clients are facing is poverty. Clients are plagued with various kinds of hysteretic programs that help to meet their day-to-day needs.