Lack of Housing Facilities and Resources among Homeless Teenagers

Document Type:Research Paper

Subject Area:Social Work

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Over 1. 3 million youths are believed to be living in the streets due to lack of adequate housing resources and facilities in the country. This places the youth at the risk of sexual exploitation, substance abuse, mental health disabilities, and physical abuses. There are extreme cases where some of the youth have even died in the streets. Over 5000 youths are estimated to die every year due to the health risks associated with inadequate housing facilities and resources (Erickson & Wilhelm, 2017). These youth need to be properly catered for in society. Consequences of homelessness It is as well important to note the challenges and consequences that these youths go through in society. These are young people and children who lack the comfort of shelter beds, and shelter admission policies.

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Besides, their age does not allow them to legally earn enough money that can sustain and provide their basic needs. The situation has even gotten worse in cases where adolescent homeless youths have sorted to offer sexual favors for clothing, food, and clothing (Snyder et al. It is important to note the common theme of cultural humility throughout the interviews for the research where most health care providers for the homeless youth agreed that it was important to understand the necessary pathways based on the social context of the homeless youths. Besides, most interviewees found it quite significant to incorporate development stages and the control of behaviour such as impulse control was greatly influenced by the development stages (Biel et al.

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More importantly, the programs were aimed at properly ensuring that the subpopulations among the homeless youth were adequately addressed such as immigrants and refugees. Interviewees revealed that taking time to go and spend quality time in the environment of the homeless youth in the community was a better method of learning about the homeless youth. Besides, the research revealed flexibility as a common theme among the health care providers for the homeless youth in the community. Besides, the program should actively engage the youths on their suggestions for addressing the sexually-related challenges among the homeless in the society. According to the existing research, the bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender homeless youth are more likely to be sexually infected than their non-transgender and heterosexual counterparts.

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Nonetheless, both the two sexual groups are at high HIV/AIDS infection risks in the community. Besides, drug abuse and use play quite a significant role in exposing the homeless youth to HIV/AIDS infection. The programs should, therefore, train the health care providers for the homeless youth to properly assess the risks involved and avail effective services such as education and treatment (Snyder et al. Besides, the program should initiate effective modalities for effective trauma treatments such as narrative therapy, expressive arts, eye movement desensitization, acute therapy interventions, and reprocessing therapies. It is important for the health care providers to effectively determine the type of trauma and the appropriate treatments to greatly improve the outcomes of the health care services among the homeless youth.

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