Homelessness Is A Problem For The United States Essay

771 Words Mar 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Homeless in Pennsylvania

Homelessness has been a problem for decades in Pennsylvania. In January of 2015, there were over half a million people experiencing homelessness in the United States. Not every homeless person has the choice of finding a place to live for shelter, and many children and adults suffer from homelessness every day. There are many shelters for single adults with children but not many shelters to house single adults. There are various reasons for homelessness in Pennsylvania low income, addictions, non-affordable housing, poor health, no education, and unaffordable childcare. The following viewpoints will support the need to increase the minimum wage to decrease the rates of homelessness in Pennsylvania.

One of the main reasons for homelessness in Pennsylvania is little or no income to cover bills, food and daily living essentials. The minimum wage employees are allowed to pay workers in Pennsylvania is $7.15 an hour. A single parent living in Pennsylvania cannot provide for themselves or a family with a minimum wage of $7.15 an hour. Even housing is unaffordable with an hourly wage of $7.15 an hour. The current minimum wage may cover half of the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has an Earned Income Tax Credit that can give low income families some extra support toward their needs. If Pennsylvania’s minimum wage was raised many low income families would live a better life.…

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