Feb 3, 2016

Everyday I drive to school I see at least one homeless person. Offer a dollar or two and wish them well, then continue about my day. But it bothers me, why do some live in comfortable houses, stocked to excess and others on the streets? I have pondered this question my whole life and I feel an impulse to help those who are without, which is why this topic intrigues me.

Of course there are people like me, they try to help the individual. Others, not so much. There are people I know who adamantly refuse to give anything to the homeless because they see it as a handout. And nobody deserves anything for free, apparently.

There have been steps taken to help with the problem of homelessness, in fact my home state of Utah has put through legislation to receive $27 million in budgeting to go towards new shelters and programs. Other independent activists have created jobs for the homeless to encourage those people like the Curbside Chronicle. This newspaper works to provide the homeless with a means of supporting themselves. It is a type of aid but it’s not a handout and some people prefer to support them in this way.

However, there is another approach taken when dealing with the homeless, a negative one. Some places in the UK and around the U.S. have started putting spikes in areas where the homeless could sleep, or use loud speakers to disrupt them from sleeping. Benches have been created that one can only lean against, making it impossible for the homeless to rest or sleep on. Some people even attack and kill the homeless and their camps. This is a political issue and it is a violation of human rights.

Everybody, regardless of their living situation, has the right to be safe and live peacefully. Homelessness is a growing problem and it needs to be addressed by the government, local authorities, and the people. We can help others in countless ways, and as a society we should seek to uplift one another and help those in poverty or misfortune. If we can help our most vulnerable members of society, what can we do? What does that say of us?




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Also we can learn more about homelessness in this mission: "Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life"