The Poverty Of The Community

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Nic Santiago FYS Lisa Difranza April 8, 2012 The Poverty of the Community Imagine all the events that occurred in your life today. You woke up from your warm bed, took a shower, got dressed, and went to, school, work, or both. Then you came home, had dinner, and went to sleep. These are all basic needs that many people in the United States today don't have. Shelter, clothes, food, education, and family are all things that we usually take for granted. Unfortunately, these things do not belong to everyone. Many people in this country have no homes. They own only the clothes that they wear. They don't know where their next meal will come from and they don't have family or friends to turn to for help. Over the past weeks in this class we have examined many problems in this world and discussed many ways to fix them. Well one topic that always really got to me is homelessness. Upon thinking of this day in and day out, walking by each one of them on the street and ignoring them, not knowing the past that truly haunts them. Upon these thoughts I began to ask myself the question is it the community's fault and is the community around us responsible for helping these people get back on their feet and restoring their life? It is almost impossible to keep track of the homeless population, partly because they are difficult to find and because it isn’t something for a country to be proud, so it isn’t an issue that gets enough attention. Never the less, homeless people do exist and they are found all over the world. Even though India has the largest number, with 70 million homeless people, this is just 10 percent of its population. There are many contributing factors to becoming homeless. The National Coalition for the Homeless states that poverty is the leading cause. Job loss and health care issues can lead to poverty. Personal problems such as domestic violence, drug

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