Effects Of Opportunity For Homelessness

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Opportunity for the Homeless They are in every large city of the United States. Sometimes at parks, others on the street corners. They are homeless people, and they do not have anywhere to go. They are alone, suffering from cold and hunger. The dollars they may receive are not enough for them to survive. Many people believe that government social programs for people, such as these, only build dependency on the programs. However, many homeless people have mental health issues and other disabilities that make it difficult for them to stay employed or otherwise provide for themselves. The government cannot keep ignoring the reality of homelessness. The programs in place are not adequate, and any dependency issues are a secondary concern. Thus, …show more content…
People do not choose a life of asking for money and freezing in the winter. In the article of 2012, “Multiple Factors Contribute to Homelessness,” The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) argues that homelessness is a result of multiple factors that collide at the same time. The NCH states that among the main factors that cause homeless, “Two trends are largely responsible for the rise in homelessness over the past 20-25 years: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty” (NCH). Nowadays, the prices to rent a living place are higher than what people could earn with minimum wage. Poverty is a tough situation in which people are force to forgo some of their needs in order to cover others. Therefore, many people who live on the streets have been victims of their precarious …show more content…
And the reality is that indeed some people might become dependent on programs. However, for the people who do want to improve their lives, such as programs are essential. Some of the people that live on the streets tried to find a job but were turned down. After, many rejections the only option they had was to start asking for money. Homeless people may not have friends or family who can provide support. Some of the people who seek for help by going to shelters “have done everything possible to avoid homelessness—stayed with friends and family members, gone without food and sold their possessions” (Vestal). Hence, homeless people who have potential should be provided the opportunity through governmental

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