Those on the Streets Should Stay on the Streets?

by Brianna D on September 10, 2012 - 9:11pm

Homelessness is an extreme problem present in the United States as well as in other countries around the world.  Homelessness can be a very broad topic.  I mean homeless in the fact that person is unable to uphold safe and regular shelter for themselves and/or family.

 There are many factors in the economy that can render a person homeless in just a blink of an eye.  For example, an unpaid bill, a health emergency that requires them to go to the hospital but no way to pay for it, and a missed paycheck.  All these situations essentially lead to poverty which is the most common way to become homeless.  Especially in this economy there is becoming a shortage of jobs leaving people without work. The lack of affordable housing is another common way for families and single people to end up without shelter. 

This global crisis is not okay and should not be acceptable.  Yes, some people cause themselves to become homeless due to substance abuse or drinking per say, but on the other hand many people did not ask for this.  People are not proud of being homeless.  Some feel embarrassed, angry and frustrated.  They need our help because they are not able to do it on their own.  There are way too many families with children on the streets with nowhere to go.  Not only that but no one is immune to becoming impoverished and homeless. If you were homeless I am pretty sure you would want someone to help you out.  This is why we should care. 

As a nation we should help and build each other up.  I look on television and consistently see infomercials for feeding the children in Africa who are impoverished and without shelter as well.  Why are there not commercials for those living in our own country suffering right here? I am not saying that we should not try and help out others but before we endeavor on those tasks we need to make sure that our country is stable and receiving all the help it needs as well. If this problem is not addressed or dealt with it can soon lead to more problems.  More drug activity and poor health conditions are just two of the difficulties the nation would be facing.