Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about homelessness in the Nation’s Capitol.
1. Main Point: We have all seen them, all of our eyes have rolled to the back of our heads at the sight of people carrying multiple bags of luggage on public transportation. Not only holding us up on our commute to work but taking up 2 or 3 seats with every possession of their former home. A. Sub point: If you are like me you think to yourself why don’t these people just get job? Why do these people live like that? You will be amazed to know that you too could be one of those people. According to a survey put together by a consortium of iCertified Financial Planers 1 and 3 Americans would be unable to make their mortgage or rent beyond 1 month if they lost their job. B. Sub point: Homelessness is a multifaceted problem in our community. 1. Sub-sub point: I have personally experienced episodes of homelessness in my life and know how difficult it can be to navigate a complicated system. 2. Sub-sub point: I have complied research from multiple sources regarding homelessness in the District of Colombia.
a. Sub-point: First I will discuss what homelessness looks like in D.C 3. Sub-sub-sub point: Secondly I will discuss why so many are without housing in D.C. 4. Sub-sub-sub point: Finally I will discuss solutions to this epidemic. Transitional statement: Homeless can appear to be a problem that we tell ourselves results from laziness, drug abuse, poor choices but I am here to tell you that is often not the case.
II. Main Point: According to the iiWashington Legal Clinic for the Homeless there are 15,000 homeless people in D.C over the course of a year. There are 4,000 homeless people that make up the 938 families that are in emergency shelter. There are more than 1,600 homeless youth far exceeding the 77 beds reserved specifically for them. Among the single homeless persons only 32% report a history of...
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