The different types of homelessness are listed as follows:
About half of those who are homeless fall into this category, which includes many families.
Families are less likely to be homeless for long periods of time because they are more likely to qualify for various available public assistance programs offered by the communities they live in and by government.
People who are leaving prison or jail may be transitionally homeless, as well.
Entering and leaving homelessness repeatedly is the definition of Episodic homelessness. A person may be tenuously housed (in his/her own house or living with friends or family) who is at a high risk for becoming homeless again.
About one-fourth of the homeless population are considered to fall into this category.
About a quarter of those who are homeless have been this way for at least 5 consecutive years.Engaging people of this category requires a willingness to provide housing and services that they are unable to acquire on their own.
Homelessness has been a broad social problem for many years and communities have begun to establish strategies to manage homelessness in various ways, some better than others.
Some public officials have turned to criminal justice solutions in response to demands from business owners and other citizens of the communities they govern. These legal measures include prohibition of sleeping, camping, begging or panhandling, and storing personal possessions in public areas.
The legal actions against the homeless ultimately create additional barriers to recovery efforts and stops the provision of much needed services that those less fortunate rely on for survival.
On the other hand, since August 2007 more than 300 communities have adapted progressive initiatives, which include drug, mental health, and homelessness courts to divert people who are homeless from being incarcerated. These communities have formal plans to end chronic homelessness.
Information regarding these positive measures can be found at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) at their website http://www.usrich.gov for information concerning the wide range of treatment and housing services that can be made possible to meet this goal.
Criminalizing homelessness only creates criminal records which can shut down access to housing and minimize eligibility for employment for our homeless. It is up to us as a concerned community to make the choice of the better option. I know which one I opt for, and hope my community does as well.