Being pregnant and suffering from homelessness is more common than people may believe. With a pregnancy and lack of housing, there can be issues that are hard to avoid. Here is some information that can help those who are pregnant and homeless.
People who face homelessness can experience a cycle living in prisons and on the streets, which places these individuals at a major disadvantage. As more and more cities criminalize homelessness, it becomes difficult for the unhoused to live without facing charges. Those with a criminal record may be denied from shelters and potential job opportunities. As a result, breaking the cycle of homelessness becomes nearly impossible.
Among the many assumptions that exist regarding homelessness and why individuals are homeless, most are negative. There are a plethora of reasons that people judge, profile, and assume the reasoning as to why someone is homeless. This assumption keeps those that can give from giving to those on the streets or in need.
In the city of Los Angeles, CA in 2020, almost 250,000 people needed housing services. Today, 117,000 are still on hold to receive it. The city has the 6th largest hotel market in the United States with over 1,000 hotels and more than 98,600 rooms. The Los Angeles City Council voted to position an enactment on the March 5, 2024 ballot that would house those experiencing homelessness in hotels.
Many people associate homelessness with hunger. Often, those experiencing homelessness also experience hunger, but the issue also extends beyond the unhoused population: according to Move For Hunger, “more than 42 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t have access to an adequate supply of nutritious, affordable food. To put these numbers into perspective, the National Alliance to End Homelessness estimated that about 580,000 Americans experienced homelessness on a single night in 2020. Food insecurity often precedes homelessness, as individuals are forced to choose between paying for housing or groceries, meaning that millions of Americans may be at risk of becoming homeless.
To many, it may seem like affordable housing is becoming a phenomenon of the past. As it becomes increasingly difficult to profit off the creation of low-cost housing, San Francisco imposed a business tax that would raise funds for homelessness services and relief. The pandemic, however, has exposed many flaws in the tax, making the future of this funding shaky.
About 30 percent of those experiencing homelessness are adults and children in families. January 2020 was the first time since 2010 that the population of families experiencing homelessness did not decrease, with roughly 16,667 individuals in families living in an unsuitable environment across the nation. Children experiencing homelessness suffer from higher levels of emotional and behavioral problems, increased risk of serious health problems, are more likely to endure separation from their families and have more issues in school.
If Los Angeles were to place their whole population of those experiencing homelessness in transitional housing, the cost would be around $2.8 billion a year. Throughout the state, that cost would exceed $6 billion. The boost in rent prices across California is making it even tougher for those suffering from homelessness to find affordable housing. From housing prices to government requirements and added labor costs, programs that are attempting to construct transitional housing are having a difficult time getting the necessary funding.