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The Link Between Felons and Homelessness

America’s largest cities continue to foster a growing homeless population. In 2015, prisons and corrections facilities contained approximately 2 million inmates and almost 5 million people were on either parole or probation. At least 10 percent of released inmates will be homeless for varying amounts of time after leaving prison. Although many people recognize that newly released felons are at risk for experiencing homelessness, many do not know that a fifth of existing homeless people purposefully commit a crime in order to spend time in jail and off of the streets. Experts argue that the prison system is partially to blame for the unemployment of released felons. Security measures prohibit

No Place to Go

549,928 people go to sleep every night without having a bed to sleep on, without any food to eat, and most importantly without any assurance of safety. For them, every day is new “adventure”, moving from place to place, always in search of shelter or food. This is the image of the over half a million American people living on the streets of our cities. What’s more alarming than the amount of homeless people is the amount, or lack thereof, of policy and proposals seeking to stop this rising number. It’s concerning that in light of the recent election, the media has decided that it’s more important to cover scandals and rumors than the actual American people; people that are hurting every day

Underemployment and Homelessness

Although unemployment is often cited as a major contributor to homelessness, many homeless people report having a job. (Nooe & Patterson, 2010). The problem is that these jobs do not pay enough for one to live independently (Nooe & Patterson, 2010). In 1999, The Economic Policy Institute reported that minimum wage had not kept up with economic growth (Nooe & Patterson, 2010). It was also discovered by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness that the medium monthly income for homeless individuals was around 56% below the federal poverty level (Nooe & Patterson, 2010). There are few employment opportunities for those that do not have sufficient education or skills (Nooe & Patter

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