Our Poor, Our Kids By Anna Quindlen Analysis

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In her, essay “Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids,” Anna Quindlen stresses the issue about homelessness and poverty here in America through the eyes of women. Quindlen acknowledges that homelessness is overlooked and how it affects children. She evaluated the lives of women and children, Quindlen noticed that the majority of the homeless population consisted of women and children. The affect on a child is much greater than it would be on an adult. She is recommending that the government help out a lot more than they are doing. Such thing would not only involve the government, but also from the help from different groups and organizations. It may be true that welfare and homeless shelters cater to the homeless, but not all is done to keep them safe…show more content…
She believes that the government is not doing their job to keep the people safe, and she would be correct. The government offers aid to the poor and the people below poverty level, but unbelievably, it is only given out to certain people. It is practically useless. Government aid is meant to help the poor and give them a chance to excel and do better, but it seems as if it is making them worse off than they were before. It is hard for the homeless to fine housing. In many cities even their police officers and teachers cannot afford to live where the work (359). There is a contingent of working poor, meaning basically people work to stay poor. Working poor is not a luxury; there is more worry and stress involved. The results are the loss of welfare and eviction from falling behind on rent. The chances of actually finding another place in the time period need is pretty much slim to none (359). Quindlen evaluates each aspect of this dilemma. There are hundreds of thousands of people sleeping in cars on floors and in welfare offices or in shelters five to a room. The question is what can be done to help them? An editorial entitled “Still Hungry, Still Homeless” in the American Magazine discusses the rise in requests for emergency food and shelter services. This editorial brings up issues that may shock the average person; this was among one of the saddest findings of the United States Conference of Mayors (360). Officials noticed that over half of the people seeking aid were children and there parents. This was disturbing, given the need for parents to be able to provide adequate nutrition for their children. This reflects the fact that minimum wage jobs cannot cover the cost of living for Americans
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