An Emergency to Support the Indigent in the US

890 WordsJun 25, 20184 Pages
Poverty is a serious phenomenon that has been widespread all over the world. Although, many charitable organizations like CARE, Action Against Hunger (AAH) or Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) have operated with a highest enthusiasm to help the indigent, the amount of those have still been increasing significantly in recent years. According to the survey of the United States Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans in poverty rose from 12.2 to 15.9 percent and the proportion skyrocketed from 33.3 million to 48.8 million between 2000 and 2012 (Bishaw, 2013). The indigent are very poor people, including the disabled, beggars, homeless people who live in slums with lacking of insurance, being unemployed and earning underpaid salaries, about…show more content…
However, in fact, infrastructures for helping the disability have still been inadequate in many countries. The verification of 14 public and university library buildings in Iran indicated that 53.8 percent of libraries did not have ramps and 63 percent did not provide exclusive spaces for disabled people (Bodaghi & Zainab, 2013). Another challenging circumstance is difficulties to find jobs of the indigent in the economic recession period. Gabe (2008) claimed that the U.S. poverty rate was 13.2%, accounting for 39.8 million persons as having income below the official poverty line because of the economic recession in December 2007. Because of those situations, the government should be concerned about issuing policies to lift the indigent out of poverty. The assistance of the government to indigent people is a way not only to motivate them deal with difficulties but also to stabilize the society because increasing the poor rate has negative effects on the community. First, unemployed and homeless people, especially homeless adolescents who lose belief in living might involve anti-social behaviors and crimes like robbing, smuggling and drug abuse. For example, Burt (2007) found that 30 to 40 percent of homeless youth suffer from alcohol problems and 40 to 50 percent suffer from drug problems. Also according to the 2002 Calgary homelessness study examined that 77 percent of the homeless people in Calgary had been arrested several
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