The increasing homeless population in the United States should not come as a shock. With high unemployment rates and the shortage of low-income houses available for rent is forcing people to give up their homes and seek what shelter they can find on the streets. What is being overlooked is the perennial increase in amount of hom...
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Living without a residents the homeless have no where to put their belongings so they are often confiscated, when municipal workers or public security carry out sweeps. Panhandling, which is key for the homeless to acquire some money to get by, has been made illegal in many cities. You can even be arrested for being on the giving end as it is illegal to share food with the homeless in public areas. Lastly, and most horrifying, is the “quality of life” ordinance that requires hygiene in public spaces (Building a Movement to End Homelessness). The problem is, many of these people don’t have any spare clothes, or access to bathing facilities at their disposal, so upholding an orderly, hygienic appearance is difficult. Not to mention, motivation is hard to come by when you don’t have a fresh pair of underwear and you are sleeping on the sidewalk!
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