Their entire personal belongings fit into a plastic bag or when it is something more into a shopping cart. On the footway they are sorting out or rearranging or looking through. Waste bins are searched for what is still needed. Their home is the street.
There are alarming and strange marks from the US. According to a recent report 564,708 people in the US are homeless. They stay on the roads, footways, in cars, homeless homes or in subsidized transitional apartments.
A not insignificant part of the homeless people are the so called veterans. Of these nearly 50,000 people or 8% have no place to stay. In addition 1.4 million veterans are threatened by homelessness. This is often due to lack of support, a physical disability or posttraumatic stress disorder.
Over 550,000 unaccompanied youths and young adults under 24 are currently homeless for more than a week. About 380,000 of them are under 18 years old. Young people who are homeless do not usually want someone to know about their homelessness. Most try to get on with occasional jobs.
But it also affects older people. Thus 50% of the homeless are over 50 years old. In this group homelessness often also involves health problems. They are particularly vulnerable to injuries from falls and can suffer from cognitive impairment, vision and hearing loss, severe depression and chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis.
QUELLE: Wikipedia 2017