Homelessness and the Cycle of Poverty

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Webster’s dictionary defines the word “homeless” quite simply by “having no place to live”. Customarily a homeless person is stereotypically thought to be an older male like the “bum” on the street corner peddling for change. Although this problem is not only affecting adults but entire families including children. We are facing a growing epidemic of people all over the world being deprived of basic human needs such as shelter, food, water, and heath care due to the fact that they are unable to pay for it. What responsibility do we have in helping these misplaced individuals, if any at all? The staggering numbers of families living on the streets grows with each passing year. Those lucky enough to find temporary accommodations do so by staying in government funded housing, homeless shelters, or resorting to sleeping in their own vehicle. These solutions are only a short lived luxury and for many the next morning they are off again searching for another place to lay their head. Anna Quindlen, a novelist and social critic, stated in 2001 “there was a need for space for 10,000 children on any given night in the city of New York alone.” (316) Homeless children unfortunately are in the situation due to no fault of their own and have no power to change their dire circumstance. Quindlen adds, “Some contributing factors to single women being in the shelter system with their children are drugs, alcohol, and/or domestic violence.” (317) Many of these women are repeating the same
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