Why Homelessness?
Homelessness is a huge problem in San Francisco and other cities in the United States. This crisis means a great deal to me because I see the struggles of homeless people day in and day out. I know great people who are homeless and I want to help them in any way possible. Two people who I have relationships with do not know where their next meal is coming from. It is very tragic.
I feel that this topic is perfect for me because I believe strongly in helping the homeless. Homeless people have to live tough lives without bare necessities including shelter and food. Cities in America need to take action to provide homeless shelters and care for those in need. Learning about homelessness helps us to understand these challenges and what we can do to prevent this terrible condition
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Homeless Man on the Streets




What Can We Do?

The important social issue of homelessness has become a tortuous problem for the United States. With inflation gradually heightening the cost of necessities, homeless people are becoming unable to dig themselves out of their large holes of debt. The increase in the homeless population is due in part to a growing shortage of affordable rental housing, a growth in income disparity, and a decrease in homeless shelters. The United States needs to contribute more money and take time to research this crucial social and economic problem to provide care to homeless people in need.
This issue has become very significant to me as I have seen the homeless struggle throughout San Francisco. This problem has been very prominent in recent years and the city has been stepping up funding to deal with this crisis. Recent polls show the number of homeless people in San Francisco down 38% since 2002. San Francisco has provided more homeless shelters and free bus rides for the homeless who would like to move. Other cities throughout the United States should use these ideas to diminish their homeless population.
As the United States seems to be in the midst of a recession, it is expected that the homeless population will rise in the next few months. Therefore, homelessness will be a tough task to handle in 2008.

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A Sad Homeless Man






Graphs and Conclusions

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This graph shows some startling statistics. Although only 13.4 percent of the United States population is African American, almost half the homeless are African American. I believe this has to do with racism and how Caucasians are more likely to be given opportunities.
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This graph shows the percentage of unemployed people in California. If you look at the San Francisco graph below this, you can see that San Francisco does a better job at keeping people working than the state of California as a whole. It also shows that California has lowered its unemployment rate since 2003, even though the nation's unemployment rate has skyrocketed.


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My final graph shows the unemployment rate in my hometown of San Francisco. The graph portrays a sharp incline in the unemployed population after 9/11 until 2003 when the unemployment rate went down again. This graph looks similar to California's graph in the last twelve years.


Sources



How many people experience homelessness? National Coalition for the Homeless, 2007.
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts.html

Homelessness. Almanac of Policy Issues.
http://www.policyalmanac.org/social_welfare/homeless.shtml

Local Area Unemployment Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, 2008.
http://www.bls.gov/LAU/

Fagen, Kevin. A daily walk finds fewer homeless. San Francisco Chronicle, 2006.
http://www.sfgate.com/homeless/<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">


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