Homelessness In America

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Homelessness In America In today’s society many are experiencing homelessness. I believe homelessness in not only affecting the ones that are homeless but us as a nation in general. Due to the economical state and rising unemployment rates, homelessness is not only affecting some but many. It is affecting our nation economically, our society, and most importantly our children. According to the National Alliance To End Homelessness it states: “That approximately 600,000 families and 1.35 million children are homeless” (http://www.endhomelessness.org). In today’s economical crisis many have lost their jobs, way of life and their homes. According to The Government Accountability Office it states: “The government spent 2.9 billion dollars for Federal homeless programs in 2009, a dollar amount typically allocated each year” (http://www.povertyinsights.org). Through this statement it shows us how much of our tax dollars are at work due to this rising problem. We can look in our own back yard (Fresno Co.) and we can see homelessness on the rise. Just drive downtown and you can see from the elderly to the young walking down those streets. Many have no hope in sight, no way of getting out of the hole they are in. Many are even educated, have owned their own home or business. Homelessness is not prejudice. You can be white, black, yellow, or brown it don’t care. In the areas where homeless gather it brings down the property values. As we can see on the news it also has become a problem for the city and property owners costing them thousands if not millions in lawsuits. The Freedom Writers Diary written by 150 students and Erin Gruwell. Is a book of diaries written to explain the hardships students faced in everyday life in Long Beach, Ca. and how their teacher helped them get through these problems and gave them a better outlook on life. In diary 24 one student is

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