Is The Homeless? Or Criminalized? Essay

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Homeless? or criminalized?
The Homeless in the united states are being criminalized and discriminated against. they are being viewed as second class citizens went all they need is a chance to improve their lives, however many government policies actively prevent this.
When one thinks of aid programs to the needy they may think of financial aid meant to help those seeking higher education, or free and reduced lunch programs in schools, but the reality of the situation is that there simply isn 't enough aid to help those in need, there is a impoverished underclass of americans that simply cannot help themselves because they are denied many basic necessities.
If someone homeless was looking to apply for a local homeless shelter they might find it difficult. The first requirement for residents looking for shelter is that their income must be less than 115 percent of the federal poverty level -- or just $1,900 a month for a family of three. Those over the income limit are referred to shelters run by groups such as FamilyAid Boston, which reports demand has doubled in the past year.(Johnston). Sabine Jean-Louis, 23, found herself on the street in August 2013 after a friend made Jean-Louis and her 11-month-old son, leave her Roxbury apartment. Jean-Louis had to quit her job as a clerk when her child care arrangement fell through, and she could no longer pay her friend rent. Jean-Louis said she had nowhere else to turn -- her mother died when she was young and her father had his…

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