Homeless People In The Homeless

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With its affluent economy, dominant military force, influencing soft power and overwhelming technological advance, the United States is undoubtedly the only superpower in the world so far. However, two years ago, when I first visited San Francisco, one of the most prosperous cities in the US, I was stunned to find there were homeless people suffering anywhere. Lying on the street boldly with their ripped clothes, you could smell their distinct smelly odour few steps away. It was really ironic to see these homeless people idling under grand tall skyscrapers in this bustling financial center. According to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, “on a single night in 2016, there were 549,928 people were experiencing homelessness…show more content…
According to an infographic created by the US Census Bureau, the median income of urban households was $54,296, which was higher than the $52,386 of rural households, but it was found that children in rural areas had a lower rates of poverty (18.9% compared with 22.3%). The data reveals that living in urban areas leads to a much higher living cost than the US average. In fact, housing is always the biggest proportion of our spending. However, living in the booming urban areas is more costly than we expected. In a data analysis by SmartAsset, the “existing home sales [in San Francisco] increased nearly 36% in just two years, from $543,780 in 2012 to $737,600 in 2014”, while the national average home prices is $209,000. For those who cannot afford to buy a house, paying rent is never an economical solution. “Average rent on a two bedroom apartment in SF is $4650... [which] is $2000 more than the rest of the biggest cities in the country.” After paying rent, low-income renters only have a little left to spend on their daily activities, such as food, transportation and healthcare. In the data analysis, the overall cost of food, price of a gallon of gas and healthcare are 23%, 38% and 20% higher than the US average respectively. Making a living on such a tight budget, it is almost impossible for low-income earners to have any saving. If there are any unexpected accident or illness happens to the breadwinner of the family, causing he or she unable to work, the entire family will end up living on the

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