Why are they homeless? This may be a case of 'you can't understand unless you've been there before'.
It's hard to understand why homelessness exist when there are charities and homeless shelters. There are social groups and support services to assist those in financial trouble. I don't know if America or other Asian nations have the same support but over here, we have the equivalent of soup kitchens and a lot of social welfare payments- unemployment welfare (that doesn't run out in 99 weeks like in the U.S), single parents, pension, disability, carers welfare and pension payments. Electricity and housing assistance from the government. The list is almost endless. That's why it's hard for me to understand why we still have people homeless on the streets.
One of the bloggers - Boston Gal, her greatest fear is becoming a bag lady. I can understand her fear. Who doesn't dread the thought of becoming homeless. A lot of the stories that she's been outlining in her blog illustrates ordinary people who are on the verge of being homeless.
Yet an article from news.com.au state that the average Australian homeless person spends up to 11 years on average homeless. It's a very sad statistic.
If that isn't something that inspires you to get your financial house in order, just imagine in the future, it's highly likely that social welfare payment won't exist. So chances are, you'll be on your own and there's no backup plan from the government. Do yourself a favour, and start looking out for your future self by taking action now if you haven't already done so.