Homelessness: The Forgotten

by kcurr3 on March 11, 2014 - 9:59pm

            Homelessness is a major social problem that often gets overlooked. It includes many factors such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, uncertain physical and mental health, addictions, and community and family breakdowns. To be homeless means to live without any type of shelter. In today’s world, people are acting out to the problem more by running food shelters and homes for people who aren’t as fortunate as others. To decrease homelessness there needs to be an increase in education. An increase in education would decrease factors that cause homelessness like poverty, unemployment, and government assistance. Increase in education and mental illness would also cause a decrease in crime, addiction, and criminal justice involvement. I think people should focus more on the issue of homelessness and the government should act positively upon the matter to help the homeless the best they can.  

            The main purpose of this article is to raise awareness of the amount of homeless people in the world and to attract attention to this major issue. Something needs to be done to decrease the amount of people that are homeless. I have personally seen many homeless people, especially because I live near New York City where a lot of people live on the streets. Seeing these people struggle just makes me feel bad for them. It gives one a sad feeling and you wish that you could do something to help them in some way. The main conclusion of this article is that too many people in the world suffer homelessness. The fundamental question of this article is “how can society decrease homelessness?” The main answer is to increase education because it will give people more opportunities to be successful in life so that they will more likely not become homeless.




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I'd like to begin by saying that your article was very clear and precise. I agree with you when you say that a solution to homelessness is to put more emphasis on the educational system so that people have the tools to avoid being without a shelter at some point in their lives. However, homelessness is a complex social issue that is caused by many different factors, which can sometimes become overwhelming when trying to find solutions. I found an very interesting article that was on the National Alliance to End Homelessness's website that proposes a plan to end homelessness in only ten years through several steps. This article gives me hope that homelessness can be ended if we decide to address the issue with seriousness.

If you want to check out the article, here's the link: http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/a-plan-not-a-dream-how-to-e...

After reading your article and seeing your comment on how you feel bad about seeing homeless people on the streets I did a little research and found a non-profit organization based in New York called Homes for the Homeless. This group provides homeless families with opportunities that will help them to move off of the street and live independently. They also developed the American Family Inn model, which gives homeless people and families a shelter with many services like classrooms, libraries, playgrounds and counselling sessions. You can help this organization by organizing a drive at your school or community to donate to the shelters. If you wish to do so you can call (212) 529-5252. You can also donate items on your own if you wish.. However, I did not see any volunteer opportunities to work in the shelters. If you are interested to do so, it is best to contact them to discuss which opportunities are available. I have copied their website address if you are ever interested.