Homelessness is No Longer an Issue

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1285 words
1285 words

Every night there is one child that gets tucked in a warm, comfortable bed at home by his mother and father and another child waiting for the church to be unlocked for the night because that is his only choice of shelter for the evening. The “Great Recession” isn’t over for so many of America’s youth, though many would disagree considering our President declared its end in 2009. Out of the millions of children living in the Unites States, 1.6 million are homeless. Who or what do we blame for some many children having to live without a home? Do we blame the recent hurricane for kids being on the street? Do we blame the stock market crashing or the young mother who ended up pregnant before she could graduate high school and was kicked out by her parents? No, we do not blame anyone or anything for the homeless of America; we focus solely on fixing the problem. The problems and experiences that the homeless has to face are sometimes more traumatic than most what housed families have gone through in all of their lives, poor kids just cant do anything about it though.
Considered “The Great Recession,” the time period between December of 2007 and June 2009 was hard for almost every American. Once $8 trillion in housing money was lost, those who once provided for themselves could no longer do so. The U.S. labor market lost 8.4 million jobs (or 6.1% of all payroll employment) in 2008 and 2009. When compared to the recession in 1981, the Economic Policy Institute stated, “Job loss was 3.1%, or only about half as severe.” A year and four months after the recession was supposedly over, the economy was still dealing with 5.4% less jobs than it did before the recession even started.
The “Great Recession” caused over 46 million to ...

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In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the "great recession" isn't over for many of america's youth, though many would disagree considering our president declared its end in 2009.
  • Explains that the recession between 2007 and 2009 was hard for almost every american. the u.s. labor market lost 8.4 million jobs in 2008 and 2009.
  • Explains that the "great recession" caused over 46 million to have to live in poverty right now. the child poverty rate has increased in over 30 states since the year 2000, with the southern states feeling the repercussions worst than any other region.
  • Explains that the u.s. economy catastrophe caused so many families to break up because of the emotional strain that their financial situation had brought upon them.
  • Opines that the recession is the only real reason for homelessness. homelessness can be caused by unfortunate personal experiences such as veteran parents who are injured and cant seem to find work or young mothers who don’t have anyone on their side to help them financially.
  • Explains that homelessness is a universal issue. a homeless person can come in any shape, size, age, gender, sexuality, and especially color.
  • Explains that not everyone is emotionally strong enough to handle a situation as serious as becoming homeless, and that one-third of homeless mothers have had at least one suicide attempt.
  • Explains that parents aren't the only ones in the family that have to focus on staying strong. when it comes to health issues, homeless children have the worst.
  • Compares the mental/emotional problems of homeless children with those of their parents. homeless children go hungry twice the rate of other children and have high rates of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies.
  • Explains that domestic violence is a primary cause of homelessness for women and children. by the age of 12, 83% of homeless children had been exposed to at least one violent event.
  • Explains that schooling is another hardship that homeless children have to deal with. some parents aren't able to teach their children the essentials that they need at a young age, causing them to be behind by the time they become adolescents.
  • Opines that homelessness is a constantly growing problem in america. putting aside selfish ways to get someone to be happy, healthy, and most importantly, sheltered, can change lives for the better.
  • Cites the national center on family homeless, "america's youngest outcasts 2010," and goodyear, sarah.
  • Cites's "homelessness / poverty stats." national coalition for the homeless, july 2009.
  • States strauss, valerie, "record number of homeless children enrolled in public schools, new data show."
  • Explains the characteristics and needs of families experiencing homelessness. the national center on family homelessness, dec. 2011.
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