Homelessness : The United States

1214 Words Oct 7th, 2014 5 Pages
One regularly encounters homeless people everyday, avoiding them or looking at them in disgust. However, does her or she ever wonder how those people got to where they are and became homeless? Does that person ever realize that, in contrast to being lazy and ignorant fools, those homeless people are humans just like him or her who just so happened to run into bad luck and end up on the streets? Homeless people do not ask to live on the streets without a home to which to return and mostly are without homes because they cannot make enough money to pay to live in their previous homes. Homelessness occurs when people or households cannot afford housing. 3.5 million people yearly experience homelessness in the United States, and it is time to take action to end the suffering of homeless people. The U.S. government should execute plans to make housing low-cost and more jobs that are high-paying to reduce homelessness in the U.S. Homelessness has always been a problem in the United States but just not as widespread as it is now. “The number of people experiencing homelessness exploded in the 1980s, as federal funds were withdrawn from low-income housing and social assistance programs for low-income families and the mentally ill” (The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, “Overview of Homelessness in America”). Homelessness is more prevalent and visible in urban areas, but people experience the same hardships of homelessness and housing distress in rural…
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