Thousands of men, women, and children are without a home each night in
the United States and around the World. This is a complex issue with a
number of contributing factors, but one primary issue is that of mental
illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s fact sheet titled Current statistics on the prevalence and characteristics of people experiencing homelessness in the United States
(2011), on a given night in January of 2010, 26.2% of all sheltered
persons who were homeless had a severe mental illness and 34.7% had
chronic substance use issues (p.2).
Review the fact sheet. Assume you are altruistic (self-sacrificing with
a desire to engage in helpful behavior) and have unlimited resources.
Describe what you would do to combat the issue of homelessness. How
would you close the revolving door of people in and out of treatment and
shelters? Indicate how your plan is truly altruistic.
Your initial post must be a minimum of 200 words and utilize at least
one scholarly source (e.g., the course textbook, a peer-reviewed article
from the Ashford University Library, or a professional web source),
cited according to APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.