Homelessness in America
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Homelessness is not something that was created over night; it has existed for a long time; often we choose not to see the homeless, or bother with them, so we look the other way. Homelessness is not prejudice toward race, creed, or religion--it has no boundaries; all homeless people should not be stereotyped as being drug abusers or the mentally ill that have been released from mental hospitals. Homelessness is not a disease that a person can catch from bodily contact, but it certainly has afflicted many Americans. We need to find the cause of homelessness before we can find a solution. More money for more programs is the typical response, but we should look at what has already been instituted and reevaluate them.
Homelessness could affect you or me at any time if we live from week to week, or check to check. Jonathan Perkins says the homeless were not "people like you and me" (666) who simply had fallen on hard times. Contrary to Perkins' statement, some of the homeless are people like you and me; as Linda Weltner illustrates in her essay, "How She...
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