No one chooses to become homeless. No one plans on living on the street. Each one of them has their own story, some made bad decisions and others were victims of domestic, economic, or social disruption; including, poverty, breakdown of families, political unrest, and sexual, physical or emotional abuse.
Every year a large number of youth all over the Unites States are losing access to safe housing and are pushed towards becoming homeless. What is most striking however, is the contrast between the age groups of homeless people here in the US, when compared with Bangladesh. While most of the homeless population in Bangladesh is comprised of senior citizens or middle-aged people, the scenario differs quite a lot in the United States.
Leaving home often gives these young people an initial feeling of independence, and escape from a difficult or dangerous home situation. However, a life on the streets, without the reliability of a roof over their heads at the end
of the day, puts them under multiple threats. I had the opportunity to interact with a number of homeless youth in the past and was moved by how one of them described their situation.
He said, “Homelessness is a level of life”. He was not defeated by his situation but he was ready to fight back to improve his situation. Just like him many homeless youth were driven to homelessness by various problems but none of them deserve what they have been left with. Most of them have concerns over their situation, but they often don’t know how to resolve it. They need to be empowered, acknowledged and motivated to keep this fire burning and ease the transition off the streets.