Homelessness : The American Dream Essay

1851 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 8 Pages
Overview Everyone in America talks about the American dream; a big house with a great family and a white picket fence in the yard. For others, the American dream is to never have an empty stomach, it’s a place other than the cold and dirty concrete, it’s where people can shower more than once a week. The American dream isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be for some. There are people that go day after day barely surviving. And when we see them standing outside in the cold asking for a little help from people who live “the American dream” we don’t give them the time of day. Homelessness is increasing more and more as the years go on, leaving families, children, and real human beings out in the cold and on their own. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, as of the last, official count, about 578,424 people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States (National Alliance). At least half of that number of people are homeless because of domestic abuse. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), “more than 90 percent of homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse, and escaping that abuse is a leading cause of their homelessness” (NLCHP). Many Americans think that homelessness is caused by one person 's mistake or educational level. But the truth is, that majority of the people accounted for being homeless are children. According to The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, “Millions…

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