Disabled Homeless People
We have been talking about homeless people and the struggles they have been facing every waking day. However, those who are homeless but still physically able could at least still find employment to make some improvements in their lives – find employment that will help them find a more suitable dwelling place for them. Unfortunately, some homeless people are not as lucky.
According to AIHW's comprehensive People with disability in Australia, 1 in 5 Australians are estimated to have a physical disability while 35% of adults with disability experience very high psychological distress compared to those without. Disabled people are often marginalized. It's bad enough that one has to spend days, weeks, months or even years without a decent home how much more if one is disabled too? Just imagine the kind of stress they go through daily.
First and foremost, let us define disability.
Disability is an umbrella term for different kind of impairments that hinder one individual to do various activities and restrict them to do different things. Disabilities can be a result of various factors including genetic disorders, illnesses, accidents or even aging factors. It can be mild or severe impairments that may cause limitations or loss in functioning.
If a person is disabled, there are obviously limitations in the things he or she can do. They will always have a difficulty executing daily activities, which is why disabled homeless need assistance more than anyone.
How many Australians have disability?
According to the same study, more than 4 million Australians are living with disability – that's 18% of the total population. Because people with disability are diverse with different needs for assistance, there is obviously a need for more support such as social, psychological, financial, emotional, and physical support.
How can we help?
Disabled homeless people need support in many aspects, but one of the most important areas we can support them is through enabling them to participate in the community. Employment, specifically long-term employment is one of the biggest issues disabled people face, which is why it is high time that we find solutions for this to enable and empower them. Employment is the first step to independence. Disability is indeed a great hindrance to being able to participate in the paid workforce, but if we give them a chance, those who are still able and would like to work will have a better quality of life.
Difficulty in accessing benefits is another problem disabled people face. Receiving disability benefits should be simple, but it is rarely easy to apply and be granted such benefits because of the paperwork and processes to complete.
Other factors are affecting them that must be changed. One of which is to make sure that they have an ideal housing situation. The absence of a conducive environment could affect one's mental, psychological, and physical health even more. There are several options for them. There's public housing, community housing, supported housing, temporary or rooming housing, emergency housing, and cared accommodation that can be institutional in style such as hospital, hostels or retirement villages.
Xotel is eager to reduce homelessness in the nation because everyone deserves a safe place to live in.