A.Attention Getter: Imagine all the events that occurred in your life today. You woke up from your warm bed, took a shower, got dressed, went to either school, work, or both. Then you came home, had dinner, and went to sleep. These are all basic needs, basic needs that many people in the United States today don't have. Most people would agree that a day like this is fairly ordinary. Shelter, clothes, food, education, and family are all things that we usually take for granted and things that every person deserves. Unfortunately, these things do not belong to everyone. Far too 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. B.Transition
C.Background Knowledge: Homelessness is not new to our nation, and it has greatly increased over the past ten years. In 1987, the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act was put into law. (Burger, 68-83) However, our government has moved away from the need to address the causes of homelessness. Instead our government has focused on the individual responsibility of those who become homeless, blaming their misfortune as their own fault. (Baum, 5-9) It is this belief that has helped to increase the homelessness of our nation. D.Transition
E.Thesis Statement: There are many circumstances that can cause a person to become homeless. On the other hand, there are also many ways in which we can prevent homelessness. Loss of income due to government shortening and economic changes, the release of mentally ill patients and poor health. Finally, lack in social supports to the homeless.
II.Body Paragraph #1: Government and Economic Changes.
A.Topic Sentence: Modern homeless started as a result of economic stresses in society and reductions in the availabilities of affordable housing such as single room occupancies for pooper people. 1.Support #1: An...