Poverty and Kids
In the United Stated, poverty and homelessness are the most serious issue all over the major cities. According to the Institute for Children and Poverty, there were an estimated 1.35 million children were possible to undergo homelessness over the year of 2004. In the reading “Still Hungry, Still Homeless”, the authors use the data to express their concern of homelessness. On the other hand, Anna Quindlen’s article “Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids” uses a different way with different technique, which is more efficient, majorly discusses the problems of homeless children, from the cause to the effect. In “Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids” Anna Quindlen illustrates that there is a large group of people living in a poor circumstance with examples. From the examples of Sharanda, Edna and Rosie, their families are anxious about finding a place to live. Children who live in those families are very likely to drop out of school or be hospitalized. Although there are shelters or programs like Section 8 to help homelessness and family with low income, it seems like it still isn’t affordable for them. The author compares the homelessness with police officers, teachers and casino employees, who also aren’t able to afford to live near where they work. She also cites a report which found that a third of homeless family had their subsidy cut or trimmed. As a result of that, more and more mothers with kids become homelessness. Quindlen emphasizes that the problems are serious because there are hundreds of thousands of these families which need help in America. In most people’s image, homeless people are the men holding “alcohol research” cardboard on the street, are the group of people that usually got more attraction. But Quindlen differentiate between them and homeless families. She focuses on the affect that homeless children may receive, and she sympathizes with the children who “spend your childhood drifting from on e strange bed to another” (360)....
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