Throughout the United States it has been stated that between ³355,000 and 445,000² (Resaner) people are homeless everyday and night. Homelessness is something that affects people of all ages, races, backgrounds and religions. The problem of homelessness is not something that only happens in the large cities, it happens everywhere. There are people with many different problems that force then to become homeless. They do however all have one thing in common they have nowhere to live. Some factors that contribute to homeless in America that make it unpreventable are the lack of education, economic factors and mental illness.
Lack of education is something that is looked down upon in today¹s society. The more education, the better a person will be in the work force. Children are taught from a very young age to stay in school, however a good number of then will not finish. From making that one decision children¹s lives will be changed forever. Some will make it and some will end up with no where to turn. Nearly ³twenty six percent² (Nichelason 17) of our homeless population are people under the age on eighteen years old. These young kids have no education and in return no way to provide for themselves. So many of them turn to illegal activities to try and better their lives. If the children do have a family their situation is not much better without an education. Most homeless families do not stay in one place very long so the children can not attend school. The parents often need the children to work to help provide for the family. For adults the average that an illiterate adult will earn is ³forty-two percent less² (Resaner 89) then a high school graduate. Being an illiterate person causes a lot of trouble since they can not read newspapers, get a drivers license or even attempt to fill out a job application. The lack of education for our homeless is a key factor in what is bringing then down to that level.