Parents in many parts of the country are struggling to keep their children from going to shelters and other transitional care facilities because of rising rates of homelessness.
According to the National Coalition of Behavioral Health Services, the number of adults living in shelters or transitional housing programs has tripled since 2007, while the number who are parents has declined by almost 60 percent.
If you are thinking about starting a family or have kids, here are some things you should know about the homeless issue.
First, many people in shelters don’t need permanent housing.
Many shelters have a kitchen or bathroom, so the children are likely to stay there for a time.
Many kids get their first look at the outside world when they’re young, and they’re unlikely to need any permanent housing once they get there.
Second, shelters don, well, help people with chronic mental illness, addiction, and substance abuse problems.
These folks are likely not going to go through a process of getting an apartment or permanent housing in their hometowns.
Third, shelters have no accountability for the quality of their care.
In some states, homeless people who are being placed in transitional housing can receive only limited mental health care and some will never be able to receive a diagnosis of mental illness.
They also may be left with limited resources to access help for their families, which may leave them feeling hopeless.
Finally, many shelters don’st provide adequate food and shelter.
A recent study of more than 1,200 shelters in Texas found that homeless people in those shelters often receive only half the food that they need.
What you need to know about homelessness, shelters, and mental health While there are many things to worry about when it comes to homelessness, a lack of food, shelter, medical care, and other basic needs can make it very hard for people to survive on the streets.
How do you get a good night’s sleep?
In some cases, shelter staff are forced to provide shelter to the people who don’t have beds in their bedsit could lead to serious complications, such as a lack-of-adequate food, water, and blankets, and even death, said John P. Smith, a clinical psychologist and director of the Center for Family, Health, and Justice at the University of Houston School of Social Work.
“You can’t just give them a bed and hope they get better,” Smith said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report that shows that homeless children in the United States have higher rates of obesity, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and developmental delays.
Children who live in shelters have more health problems.
So what are you doing if you are worried about getting help from your local shelter?
If you are a parent, don’t give up on trying to get your kids to live in the shelter.
In a recent poll of 1,000 people, more than 80 percent of shelter staff and volunteers said they had been in a relationship or were dating someone in a local shelter, said Smith.
The problem is that many shelters do not offer adequate shelter, or don’t even have beds.
So the only thing you can do is work on your own to find out if you’re ready to move to a safe place and get your children a place to live.