The United States of America currently has a record number of homeless folks. More and more people are living on the streets and working strange jobs to pay off their debts. The issue amplifies when we take a closer look at the Native American community. Abuse and parental abandonment contribute to the increasing number of children living on the streets.
The Primary Causes
There are many reasons why Native Americans become homeless, such as problems with their mental health, money problems, short-term and long-term unemployment, and economic downturns. Officials have said that domestic violence, mental illness, drug abuse, and broken relationships are some of the primary reasons why people are homeless.
Many young people have to live on the streets due to poverty. Four separate categories of street-dwelling children are identified by UNICEF. It is conceivable for youth at risk to support their family through street employment. There are children who reside with their families and children who have no place to call home. Long stretches of time are spent on the streets by some children who lack housing or parental support. There are also youngsters whose family has abandoned them and who have no one to assist them.
Native American children and young adults who have been left by their parents or who have been abused physically or emotionally at home are more likely to be homeless. A child who runs away from home and winds up on the street faces an increased danger of human trafficking and forced labor. Due to the presence of such issues, many Native Americans have resorted to substance abuse which only makes things worse.
Native India’s homeless population continues to suffer
This problem is made worse by a number of things, such as the high cost, how hard it is to get medical insurance, and the fact that many people don’t have the identification documents that hospitals need to let them in. In 2010, less than 3% of homeless Indians had identification, according to the United Nations Development Programme.
There are limited locations where homeless individuals can seek medical attention. However, the presence of Rehab and Recovery centers have helped several individuals to overcome issues related to substance abuse and depression.