Community Education

Homeless people in Rockford Illinois are people who do not have a regular home. They live and sleep in the streets or in improvised shelters, under bridges or under the stars. The phenomenon has shown an increase ever since the 1980s, and many state officials, social aid organizations and institutions are addressing the issue head on. But apparently this is quite a difficult problem to solve, and apart from resources, it needs the input and participation of even more concerned citizens. Official data released to the press by the U.S. Government shows that there are more than 500,000 homeless Americans. In January 2009, there were around 644, 000 homeless Americans all across the country and their numbers are constantly growing.

According to official data, which has been very well documented in the past decade, the main cause of homelessness in the U.S is the lack of affordable housing. Because of the economic crisis, many people have lost their jobs and their houses. Also, many people who do have jobs are paid insufficient wages so they cannot really afford to pay rent. Other homeless people, due to various types of problems such as substance abuse, have been abandoned by their families. These people need special services to help them stay clean and be able to rejoin society. However, many times they do not have access to such services and their substance abuse continues until nothing more can be done. Domestic violence, extreme poverty, and lack of child support are just a few of the other causes that determine a constant increase in the numbers of homeless people.

We find that hard working people who have lost their jobs, including many veterans, are now among the homeless. People released from prison who have paid their debts to society are finding that getting a job is almost impossible primarily due to their record. The McKinney-Vento Act is expected to have a positive impact on solving the problem. It is also known as the Homeless Assistance Act.