Homelessness : An Crippled Problem

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Jasmine Berry Professor Mary Rhet 101 12 June 2014 Homelessness: an Undermined Problem in Society In America we have a deliberate problem with just neglecting to deal with serious issues. Why is it that instead of finding a solution to solving homelessness in America, we keep constantly sweeping the problem out of the public’s eye? We act as if this dilemma that affects more than 3.5 million of Americans each year does not matter. This concept boggles my mind to the point of exhaustion, thinking about the way things should be in reality to what they are. Human compassion should be something that everyone has and feels for one another, considering that we all are human beings. However, this is not…show more content…
We also have this stereotype that all homeless people we see on the streets are drug addict just looking for drugs. However, even though a slight portion of these people do fall into that stereotype, not everyone does. If we would just take the time to educate ourselves on the issues and occurrences of homelessness and why these people have gotten this way, we could all gain the compassion and knowledge that we need in order to help solve this problem. It is really sad that only a slim portion of the population within our country are trying to step up, raise awareness, and put an end to this problem. Yet, as the rate of homelessness goes up it seems as the key to find the answering of homelessness is no where near in our future. A lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs have contributed to the current housing crisis and to homelessness. It has also lead to high rent burdens (rent which absorbs a high proportion of income), overcrowding, and substandard housing. These phenomenons, in turn, have not only forced many people and families on the street, but they have put a large, growing number of people at risk of becoming homeless. Did you know that since 2000, the incomes of low-income households has declined as rents continue to rise (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2005). Even though I understand that there is clearly a
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