Living on your own is one thing, living on your own with no family, basic needs, or anyone to count on is a terrifying idea that currently exists among us in America yet no one ever seems to talk about it. Homelessness and poverty has been around America for hundreds of years because of how corrupt humans are as a society. The government succeeds in constantly taking the people’s money in an unfair matter. Although people may think that they deserve to be homeless because of their decisions, the government makes it really hard for people who come from troubled homes or families to take care of themselves.
Others can blame homeless people of certain crimes and although some homeless people do commit them, they cannot classify them all as criminals. Derbyshire, a columnist for the conservative magazine National Review, argues that the federal government should not be in the business of helping the homeless. Blaming others for something is an easy way of getting out of a situation a person does not want to deal with. The problem of homelessness should be left to private charity, he claims, except of course, for those who require special services, such as the mentally ill.
Some people feel as though homeless people deserve to be homeless because if their own decisions and although that may be somewhat true for some of them, it is not right to criminalize a certain group of people. In fact, they reason that giving government handouts to the homeless only increases homelessness. Derbyshire takes note on how the San Francisco’s population of homeless people are increasing even though they constantly increase the amount of money they spend to help them. Not all homeless people are criminals and sometimes the only reason they are criminals is because they steal basic needs to survive. If all homeless people did was cause trouble there would be a lot more people in jail than on the streets.
Some people have terrible living conditions and there is a lot the government can do to help but decide not to. Giving homeless people simple jobs can reduce the number of homeless people living in rural areas. The homeless youth along with their families and the elderly and individuals who have gone through experiences that lead to a rapid lost of money are most effected in terms of homelessness and poverty. By taking random surveys Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Max Roser found that at least 6.2% of the United States has experienced at least one night of being homeless in their life.
The problem of homelessness begins in troubled homes or with just the fact that it is hard to survive if you don’t have an education or a severe health issue. Homelessness has been around for generations and has definitely improved over time but the amount of homeless people in the United States verses jobs is absurd. By 1929 the Great Depression had just begun and throughout the years until the 1980s people lost their jobs therefore resulted in homelessness beginning to increase. Homelessness has gone on for far too long to still be as bad as it is now, and the US should be ashamed of it.
Being homeless should be a very important issue but the world is desensitized to it. For example people used to make a really big deal about mass shooting but now people can hear about one and forget it even happened the next week. After the Sandy hook incident people said they would not let any more mass shooting happen yet there has been 1,954 more that has occurred but nobody is concerned about all of them. Some people genuinely want to help but cannot afford to, in fact the average income an American receives is around $59,000 and the amount to live comfortably with just one child and two adults is around $40,000. Therefore if people did want to help they wouldn’t be able to help much since it is already hard to make enough money. The US should be more concerned about the people’s mental and physical stability yet they are not and the government should help improve that.
The world shouldn’t be so harsh on homeless people for asking for help. There are homeless people who get ridiculed and mocked for their situation because of how they appear. Many news companies such as vice have videos of people mentally or physically abusing homeless people just for the fun of it. The abuse doesn’t just come from the random outsiders who pass by, being homeless puts that person in harms way of racist people.
Through out Len’s eight months of being homeless, he records some of his most favorable and not favorable moments of what it is like to be a homeless African- American man in Los Angeles. From Len’s posts on his blog, he includes his opinions on how he believes that the police violently abuse homeless black people just to help reduce the number of homeless people. Being Homeless comes with many challenges and obstacles but the people in that situation can either be miserable all of the time, or like Len enjoy the little things life brings.
People become homeless because they either come from a poor family, lost their job or some other tragic incident that caused them to not have a home. By providing statistics on how many people go homeless due to certain things really raises awareness to people that are willing to help or people who can actually change how things are working such as the government. Although they do jobs in other fields the government has to do most of the work in order to improve this issue such as reduce insurance, housing, and education costs in America. In conclusion homelessness if an awful experience a lot of Americans go through but the people who don’t work in those major fields can stand up for those who can’t.