The Impact of Homelessness on People With Disabilities (PWD)

Homelessness is an issue that everyone is susceptible to. Unlike other societal problems that have taken root, homelessness does not pick and choose a demographic for who gets affected. However, in the midst of all the identities suffering from homelessness, it becomes easy to overlook how each group is being affected specifically, for example, individuals with disabilities. This lack of awareness concerning the relation between homelessness and living with a disability allows for the issue to continue to invisibly thrive.

Climate Change and its Threat to People that are Homeless

After a slow start, winter storms are plentiful in the Northeast and Midwest. These regions have seen over a foot of snow on separate occasions this past month. With storms creeping down into places as south as Texas, many people that are homeless are experiencing extreme cold more often. Before the affects of climate change became so apparent, Texas was not familiar with the freezing temperatures and icy roads many northerners have grown accustomed to. People in the southern plains (where winter storms are likely to increase the most), especially people that are homeless, do not have proper materials to defend themselves. In another 5 or 6 months, many Americans will be experiencing extreme heat or battling through hurricane season.

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