20 May Why California’s Homeless Population Continues to Grow
There has always been an issue with people not being able to find a place to live in California. For as long as anyone can remember, California has had a large homeless population but in the past decade, the sheer number of homeless individuals who live in California has really skyrocketed. There’s a reason for it.
The Cost of Living Has Gotten Out of Hand
When we think of the homeless population, we tend to picture drug addicts and other people who live on the fringe of society. The truth is that many members of California’s current homeless population are healthy people who are working full-time jobs. Instead of living in a nice apartment or house, they are living in their car and taking showers at their local gym.
The reason so many working-class individuals are joining the ranks of California’s homeless population is that the cost of renting or purchasing a traditional place to live is simply more than their budget can handle. Sleeping in their car is the only way they feel that they can make ends meet. Until something is done to stabilize the cost of living in California which includes creating some sort of affordable housing, California’s homeless population will likely continue to expand.
Addictions to drugs and even alcohol plays a huge role in the growth of homeless population. Not only does feeding the addiction make it impossible for individuals to save enough money to afford housing, but the addiction also leads to erratic behavior and unreliability that prompts landlords from accepting rental applications.
Except for drug/alcohol addiction, very little is said about the impact mental health has on California’s homeless population. Depression in particular is a mental illness that can cause a person to become homeless. The depression makes it impossible for the individual to go to work and the state doesn’t provide the resources they need to help work through their depression. The individual is no longer able to go to work, pay their bills, or stay on top of their rent/mortgage. As a result, they lose their home and are forced to become part of the homeless population.
This is just a few of the many reasons that California’s homeless population continues to grow.