The Problem Of Homeless People Essay

730 Words Feb 9th, 2016 3 Pages
In today’s society there are many groups of people that would consider “deviant.” Some groups are more extreme than others, and some are more common than others. One group that is very common and impacts society in an extreme manor is the homeless. The word “homeless” has many different definitions. Generally speaking, a homeless person can be defined as someone who has no designated places to call home on a daily basis. To better understand today’s homeless people, one needs to know the history, causes and statists of homelessness.
Homelessness was first introduced in America during the colonial period. English officials would give criminals the choice to either go to prison or board a ship headed to America. This would decrease their inmates as well as increase the colonies population. These immigrants would soon become homeless after arriving to America and finding no work and no place to live. This minor case of homeless people was not enough to flag homelessness as a big problem. During the 1800’s, New York undertook a great economic expansion. This sent higher class families uptown. They left their shops and workers behind. A few workers tried to make the move as-well, but being unable to support themselves along the way, they began to beg for money in the streets. That is where the term “pan-handling” came from. As for the workers who stayed behind, they too were becoming dependent on other people due to their low wages. Families were forced to move-in…

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