Poverty

Food Insecurity And Homelessness

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.

Inequality Within the K-12 System Keeps Young People Stuck in Poverty

Education is one of the few ways that people use to pull themselves from poverty. Education provides people with more specific skill sets that allow them to get higher-paying jobs. Education also provides an abundance of resources that are easily accessible. Even a primary K-12 education can open doors for people facing poverty that would …

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The Link Between Generational Poverty and Homelessness

Generational poverty is a cycle that stems from the deep-rooted inequalities within America, not only economic but also social, political, and environmental, that in turn create long-term generational inequalities. One of the many side effects of poverty that leaks into the cracks of multiple generations is homelessness. The need for multi-level plans to tackle poverty …

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Community Care is the Heart of Solutions for Unhoused People

Homelessness is not an individualistic experience. It is one that is felt in the community as a whole. To solve this issue we have to start asking ourselves how we can become more involved and supportive of those facing housing insecurities. Placing importance on community care creates an open dialogue between people facing homelessness and the communities around them, allowing everyone to actively participate in finding solutions and resources to this complex issue.

COVID-19’s impact on LGBTQ homelessness

LGBTQ+ people, more specifically youth, are silently struggling as COVID-19 rearranges every inch of our society. The safe spaces they used to frequent are no longer open, the resources they once had access to are increasingly harder to come across, and their independence is waning due to loss of employment and housing. The rates of homelessness within the LGBTQ+ community skyrocketed during the pandemic. As of January 2021, more than 40% of the nation’s homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+ according to North Jersey News. This issue is especially prevalent in low-income communities as well as marginalized communities where economic inequality also aligns with environmental and social disparities.

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