Summary: The Issue Of Homelessness

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Homelessness in the United State has been a radical issue that has been affecting our society in general. It has been a complicating situation that has been dramatically rising among us. Stuart D. Bykofsky, in “No Heart for the Homeless,” Anna Quindlen, in “Rooms of Their Own,” and Steven VanderStaay, in “Solutions Homeless People Seek,” has distinguished solutions that the government can accomplish to assist the homeless. The three essays have similar views on solutions that can be accomplished to solve the homelessness issue. In the essays, Bykofsky and Quindlen discusses the problems that individuals seek when the homeless surrounds the streets and deprive them from having a clean environment. In these…show more content…
He states that “People sleeping on the streets depress property values…we already are paying the price for the homeless. I would rather pay higher taxes and get these people off the streets” (Par10-13). Paying higher taxes can lead the government to provide more assistants to the homeless by providing them with shelters to avoid them from being wondering on the streets. However, many wealthy individuals and volunteers also want to assist the homeless by providing them with apartments. Quindlen approaches a different method to solve the shelter problem. He notes this when he talked about Ellen Baxter and the assistance that she provided individuals with who don’t have a place to go to. He stated that “Baxter opened the Heights in a stolid gray apartment building… There are 55 permanent tenants, veterans of such diverse venues… where 800 beds may be lined up across the floor on any given night to welcome those who have no place” (Par 7-8). Sometimes, the government doesn’t have enough funds provided to assist individuals who need support. However, wealthy individuals can involve in the issue and try to assist these individuals. This approach can be a significant method to prevent us from paying higher taxes. Bykofsky also claims that the government should be the main provider to assist the homeless. He states that “If they want a job, but society is unable to provide a job, then government should provide money for food and shelter to be delivered through welfare or a workfare program” (Par 14). Bykofsky shows that homeless individuals are not lazy; they are willing to work; however, the society is not providing them with jobs. In this case the government should interfere and assist these individuals with aid by providing them
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