Homeless in America

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THE HOMELESS IN AMERICA Have you ever driven down the road and seen a homeless with a sign that reads "Homeless. Will work for food - God Bless"? If you have, then you know that homelessness is a big problem. It's impossible to go anywhere in the city without being confronted by strangers begging for money or food and other people living literally under a bridge. Even outside urban communities, this has become a common sight at busy intersections and freeway off-ramps. As many as 3.5 million Americans are homeless each year and of these, more than 1 million are children, which on any given night can total more than 300,000. Homelessness has so permeated the American landscape that it may seem that the social conundrum has always been a part of our society. However, homelessness is a thoroughly modern phenomenon and primarily an economic problem. It is affected by a number of factors such as people not wanting to help the poor, lack of or limited income and those affected by disabilities. Some plausible ways to prevent or even eradicate homelessness are, cheap and affordable housing, rebuilding neighborhoods or even cities, and by helping the disabled and substance abusers into shelters or even special homes that help them with their disability or help them clean up their act. Creating cheap and affordable homes is very easy in today’s economy. We as a nation can collect all of the plastic bottles we throw away that end up in landfills and put them to good use by using them to create plastic bottled homes. “By filling them with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the walls created are actually bullet proof, fire proof, and will maintain a comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.” (2) And it’s not like there is any shortage of used plastic bottles out there. The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build housing
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