The Main Causes of Homelessness

Some of the young people find themselves homeless when their families go through financial crises ending up in a lack of affordable housing, scarce opportunities for employment, inadequate wages as well as lack of medical insurance or insufficient welfare benefits (Ambrosino, 2012). These youth together with their families find themselves homeless but as a result of shelters, transitional housing, and child welfare policies, they might be separated from each other at one point or the other. Instability in the residential system also contributes to homelessness among youth since foster care is associated with homelessness at a young age and being homeless for an extended period of time. When the youth who live in the residential, as well as institutional placements, are discharged, they become homeless since there are past the age required to be taken into foster care but at the same time lack housing or income support.
The homeless youth have a health profile that is unique and intricate since adolescents are at an important phase that is characterized by mental, physical and social development. The unstable nature of the development of these adolescents is additionally complicated for the ones that are unfortunate to become homeless. As soon as they become homeless, the life that they experience in the streets introduces them to the economy of the streets as well as the culture that is saturated with drug use and abuse, involvement in gang activities and sex for survival. Simultaneously, the experience of mental illness and substance abuse coupled with challenges in their development make the situations worse for these adolescents. This means that the youth who are on the streets present a broad range of physical and psychosocial complications to the people that are tasked with providing treatment to them.