” I never imagined that I would be homeless. “Although I have read this statement made over and over again, thefacts behind it remain astonishing. The facts are that there aremillions of homeless in America today. Many of these people hadno choice but to become homeless. Economic problems such asbeing laid off work, or the rise in the cost of housing had leadpeople to live on the streets.
Many of the homeless are womenthat have become divorced or have left home because of physicalabuse. These women have no education because they have not beengiven the chance to go and get the education that it takesnowadays to get the job, so they are forced to live on thestreets. They have no family to help them and they are left withno other choice. People with mental illnesses also becomehomeless quite often. These people are incapable of handling thestress of living on their own. These people get kicked out oftheir homes and are to ashamed to go to their families because oftheir illness, so we see them on the streets struggling to staywarm.Order now
Teenage mothers are also forced to live on the streetsbecause their families will not help them. The fathers are notthere and that forces them to live on the streets. So they mustresort to prostitution to pay for the food that their young onesneed to stay alive. There are many other people that becomehomeless for many different reasons. Some of these people can nothelp becoming homeless. Some of these people are the illegalimmigrants that come here from other places to get a better lifebut end up not having enough money to make it in this hard worldthat we live in.
Teenage runaways have different reasons forleaving home but all have the same reason for becoming homeless. They simply just do not have enough money. Others are drug andalcohol abusers and disabled people. With this list of peoplethere must be some way that we can help these people.
There has been many programs that have been available tohelp these homeless, but only have only succeeded in the shortrun and have failed in the long run. There has been homeless inAmerica ever since the colonial times and not much progress hasbeen made in the 200 plus years in helping these people. We haveadopted programs such as FDR’s New Deal in which the governmentproduced more jobs that took little skill, and made these jobsavailable to the poor. Social Security, which is not welfare,was adopted and is still going. It is where you pay into itwhile you work and when you for some reason become unable to workyou will have this money.
HUD housing has been available also tothe homeless and the poor. We also have AFDC (Aid to Familieswith Dependent Children) and Welfare which gives federal money tohomeless and poor and helps them get back on their feet. Butthese programs seem more to help the poor with home and not thepoor without homes. We must think of ways to help the poorwithout homes – the homeless. There are many shelters were the homeless can go to get outof the cold and sleep on a cot instead of a bench or the hardground, but families sometimes find it dangerous to sleep therein fear that the few possessions that they do own will be stolen.
We should make these places safer for the homeless, and set upprograms within these shelters that will help the homeless findjobs and homes. We could have the vacant apartment buildingsopened and have the homeless stay there so that they have anaddress to get their selves a job. We could take some of themoney that we are using to set up these little shelters, and setup larger ones in the cities that need them the most. We couldall volunteer a little of our time to serve dinners to thesepeople and to help build homes for the homeless.
We could give alittle of our money to those who have none. A little of our timewill go a long way.Homelessness is a big problem in our country today, butthere are very few programs set up to help them.We all need towork together to help those less fortunate because you would wantsomeone to help you if you where in that position, so we shoulddo our best to help them.