I Am A Retired Army Veteran Essay

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As I drove down 41st St. N in downtown Birmingham, I looked to the right side of the road and saw many people just standing or kids running around outside in front of building that looked like apartments. I thought to myself “why are they all outside? And what is this place?” I researched the demographics and the building complexes in that area and found that these were public housing. As I continued my research and what life was like there in those houses I decided that I would get some actual answers. I parked on the street and approached in a respectable manner an older man named Jimmy and asked him what it was like living in public housing. He answered “I am a retired army veteran and before going into combat I married my high school sweet heart, but we didn’t have enough money to buy a home so she lived with her parents until I came back and could start a family. When I came back the economy was not doing very good so we didn’t have enough money to buy a real house and decide we would need to move into public housing. It was all we could afford and it was a roof over our heads.” This was surprising because I had no idea how many people actually lived in public housing. Public housing isn’t as great as many may think it is, there is homelessness, non-educated children, and it is an unhealthy living environment. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, “on any given night over 600,000 people are homeless; it is estimated that approximately 2.3
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