Homelessness : A Huge Problem Of America And How It Should Be Addressed

1351 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
A huge problem in America and how it should be addressed.
Imagine being alone with no food, no safe place to go, and no one to help you. This is the life of a homeless person, a life hundreds of thousands of people face each day. With little to no support from the government, and only harsh laws that make life more difficult, life as a homeless person is far from desirable. The government should provide shelter, access to food, along with education and job opportunities for the homeless rather than criminalizing them.
Homelessness is defined as a person without a home, and therefore typically living on the streets. While it is true that many of those who are homeless are forced to take to the streets without help and support, there are things that can and should be done to give the homeless the shelter they need. In Los Angeles, there are only enough beds for one-third of its homeless population, the lowest of any major city in the country (Blasi 1). Without proper housing the homeless are truly limited to the streets. The city of Los Angeles simply wants to neglect the homeless and hope that by ignoring the problem, it will disappear. This cannot be done since there is such a large homeless population in Los Angeles, as well as in many other cities. Some cities have only three shelters located within the area while others have even fewer. If each city had at least four shelters, more of the homeless could be helped. Since shelters are limited, the federal…

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