Essay about Persuasive Speech: We Must Fight Homelessness

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Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to help fight homelessness Central Idea: With more help for the homeless we can make America better for everyone

Attention I. Imagine for a moment that you're not in this classroom.
A. Instead your outside, but you not walking to class or your dorm, your living there. B. Imagine for a moment that you yourself are homeless. 1. You have no shelter 2. When it rains your wet 3. When its cold your freezing 4. You have no money C. This is what life is like for many Americans each day
D. Today I would like to encourage you to donate your time or money to
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C. Declining wages have put housing out of reach for many workers.
1. In every state, more than minimum wage is needed to afford a one or two bedroom apartment.
2. According to a study by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1998, a minimum wage worker would have to work 87 hours a week to afford a two bedroom apartment. 3. This insufficient income leaves many people homeless. D. Another contribution to homelessness is serious health problems.
1. Over 41 million Americans have no health care insurance according to the U.S. Bureau of Census. 2. Homelessness severely impacts health and well being
a. With the exception of obesity, strokes, and cancer, homeless people are far more likely to suffer from every category of severe health problem.
b. Conditions which require regular, uninterrupted treatment, such as HIV/AIDS, addictive disorders, and mental disorders are extremely difficult to treat or control among those without adequate housing.
c. Housing is the first from of treatment for homeless people with medical problems.

(Transition: It should be clear by now that the homeless epidemic in the U.S. is a problem, so let’s look at some ways we can help.)

Satisfaction I. Homelessness is not a problem that will just go away, but we can help fight the problem A. One way to help is to volunteer your time.
1. Working at soup kitchens not only benefit the homeless, but also
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