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Homelessness in the United States: Introduction

Posted by fifthdimension on May 27, 2007

The United Nations attributes the term “absolute homelessness” to those without any physical shelter. This includes anyone living rough (i.e. outside, in parks or on the beach, in doorways, in parked vehicles, or parking garages), as well as those in emergency shelters or in transition houses for women fleeing abuse.

Homelessness has emerged as a serious social problem in
America. While it is often the result of intertwined systemic and personal problems, the basic cause of homelessness among families is the ever-increasing gap between housing costs and income. It was during the Great Depression that homelessness figured as a major social stigma for the first time. 



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