The Problem Of The Homeless Problem Essay

1682 Words Sep 14th, 2015 7 Pages
$45,000; that’s the average yearly “income” for the homeless who do nothing more than sit on the street with a sign asking for handouts (Gladwell, para. 29). For some, that’s more than they make over the course of 365 days working a difficult job, and yet the people without jobs - begging on the sidewalk - have a better income than many working Americans. The homeless problem in the United States has been a widespread issue for many years, and yet, there still seems to be no end or solution in sight. Do we as society need to focus on containing the homeless problem or truly ending it? And where do we draw the line between our moral obligation and the most efficient and cost effective solution? Though the moral standpoint may not be the cheapest or most fair, its main focus is on the benefit it has on humanity. The moral solution to the homeless problem is to assist the people who seek help, aid the majority before they reach the point of no return and cause harm to themselves, and focus the money and effort on the majority before they become monetary black holes. By helping those who seek services, our efforts go towards the homeless who want to change and make a healthy lifestyle choice. There is a small percentage of the population who are “permanently” homeless and they often have reached a point where they can no longer be helped; therefore, if the majority is helped before they get past the point of assistance, the number of homeless who are showing up in hospitals or…

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