Social Problem Discussion – Homelessness is a Symptom

We will learn about many social problems during this course. Some
problems are very complex and are typically the result of both
individual and social issues. As we study these social problems, one
question should always come to mind: What can be done about these
problems?

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The video, Homelessness is a Symptom,
helps us understand the complexity of the problem of homelessness,
costs of the problem to individuals and society, and the challenges
associated with doing something about the problem.

  1. In what ways might homelessness be categorized as a social
    problem?  Explain your reasoning and support your points with examples
    from the textbook.
  2. Some of these policies suggested in this video involve
    government policies and funds. In your opinion, is this an appropriate
    use of public funds?  How do you define what is appropriate use of
    public funds, and how does the use of public funds fit inside or outside
    of appropriate use?
  3. The policies described in this video may be controversial. What concerns do you have about these policies?
  4. Complete a web search focusing on policies intended to reduce or
    eliminate homelessness. Provide an example of a potentially effective
    response to the problem of homelessness. Define the elements that make
    this solution effective.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your
claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly
resources, and properly cite any references.