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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Poor Families, their Youth and the Perpetuation of the Cycle of Homelessness

The transition from youth to adulthood is difficult for many people.  For youth who have grown up in poverty, this transition can be particularly difficult.  When a family lives in government housing and the youth becomes an adult they must leave the household, meaning that parents dependent on public housing do not have the option to offer their adult children help.  Youth who have had to spend time in the foster care system are more likely to experience homelessness as adults (  Programs that provide support to children (like Medicaid) are cut off when the person reaches adulthood.  Young people are often unprepared for the needs and difficult decisions they face at that age.  When a young persons’ family is in poverty, the transition is likely to be more difficult.

The myriad issues surrounding poverty and homelessness create major relational strains.  People exhaust their personal relationships in the same way they exhaust their financial resources.  By the time a person is living on the streets, camping, or staying in a shelter their relationships are damaged, adding loneliness to their other problems.  A simple offer of friendship can be a meaningful starting place in helping a person to recover from being homeless.  Entering a shelter, seeking mental health treatment, going to twelve step meetings, applying for help with housing—these can be daunting tasks.   Walking with someone, believing in them, encouraging them, and listening can give them strength to address problems in other areas of their life.
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