Down- and- Out? : There is hope
There, on the streets is a large number of people surviving day- to- day, living with isolation, fear and shame. Homelessness is a major problem in United States of America, but with counseling, education programs, jobs and housing this problem can be reduced. Every individual should look around and see that there are so many people in need and should not go beside them indifferent. There are so many solutions to help those poor people, to take them out from the streets and show them that there is a second chance.
Indeed, cannot be denied that homelessness had turn into one of the major problem in this country. Everywhere around, every street corner, stores entrance, in public parks and public transportation. Professor of Health Policy and Geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and president of Committee on Health Care for Homeless People, Dr. Vladeck, stated that ”Homelessness people have become a fixture of the contemporary U. S. landscape –in public parks, at bus and train stations, lined up at soup kitchens” (2). Moreover, it can be said that the homelessness number increased in the last period of time. Peter H. Rossi, a prominent Sociologist best known for his research on the origin of homelessness wrote in his article on American Behavioral Scientist that ”In the span of two decades, homelessness had become one of our country’s major social problems, changing from a minor urban problem neatly contained in Skid Row neighborhoods to a condition affecting large numbers and no longer spatially contained” (Rossi 1). Additionally, Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty stated that ”Before the foreclosure crisis and recession began in 2007, an estimated 2.5 to 3.5 million people were homeless each year. Since then, things have gotten much worse. In 2011 alone, on average, cities across the country reported that family homelessness increased by...
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