Essay on Homelessness : A Social Justice Issue

2068 Words Apr 24th, 2016 9 Pages
The steadily increasing rate of homelessness in Chicago is a social justice issue that is difficult to ignore. It is nearly impossible to walk down Michigan Avenue without noticing the countless shivering, hungry people begging for spare change. But the people we see on our everyday route to school and work are only a very small portion of the thousands of people suffering throughout the city. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council defines homelessness as “…an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other instable or non-permanent situation”(1). Chicagoans may think they know about the issue of homelessness but there is much more to the problem than meets the eye.
It is important for all members of society, whether rich or poor, to recognize the problem of homeless and see the negative impacts it can have. In an article for The Daily Herald Melissa Silverberg writes that while there are many possible reasons as to why people become homeless the rise can most commonly be attributed to the economy, job loss, divorce, death and other family dysfunctions (1). With the high cost of living, low-wage jobs and high unemployment rate the current crisis will only continue to worsen. For example: If a child is being raised in a temporary living situation, the chances of that child successfully graduating high school are drastically decreased. It is…

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