The Homelessness On The Rise Essay

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Homelessness on the Rise
In the article by Kirchheimer (2014) The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City, we learn that the problem in New York City is not much different from any other city. The homelessness problem in the city of New York can be traced back to the beginnings of the city. However, in modern times homelessness was more evident during the Great Depression, nonetheless, since then the number of homeless people in the city of New York has increased, and additionally, the city’s cost to fight homelessness has been on the rise since then. This study concludes that homelessness among families, which has surpassed individual homelessness, is a poverty-based problem. Apparently, homelessness has mostly always been about poverty (Kirchheimer, 2014). However, the biggest problem that most homeless individuals face in the first place is lacking resources such as money to secure life’s most basic necessities (Howard, 2013). In 2014, a homeless population rise in the City of New York, as well as in cities across the nation, put pressure on the City Mayor to undo the public policies dealing with the homeless problem that critics affirm were the cause for the rise. Former Mayor Bloomberg established the said public policy, and as Stewart (2014) stated, “that prevented some homeless families from seeking emergency shelter when temperatures sink below freezing.” The result of that policy raised the number of homeless…

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