ENG 1010, Online
17 October 2014
Homelessness: Why We Should Care
Homeless people are people too; just like the rest of us more-fortunate. Odds are that you walk by them everyday if you live in a city, and if you are like the majority, you ignore them. We rush our steps, glance at our smart phones, hold our breath, clench our wallet, all in hopes that we get by without making contact with the beggar. Come on. The most beautiful thing that exists in this world today is the attitude of help. We have so much help contained in our being that needs to be distributed! It is understandable that people may be skeptical about where their giving dollar will end up; then don’t give them a dollar. Give a homeless person a bite to eat, a drink, a blanket, clothes, gloves, a handshake, a smile, even just a minute of your day. Talk to them, encourage them, the last thing they truly need is a dollar. Essentially, homelessness is a problem that needs to be cared for because we are too advanced as a society to still have people sleeping on the streets with nowhere to go.
An essay by Anabel Ortega, who runs a blog dealing with topics on homelessness, makes several good points about the homeless situation, such as how big cities like San Fransisco and Los Angeles should be implementing more programs aimed towards helping the homeless. But instead, those two cities punish the homeless for being homeless. With their “Sit-Lie Ordinance” the homeless can get punished for something as harmless as sitting and asking for money in a public place. I agree with Ortega’s opinion where she says, “This is completely ridiculous; most homeless people do not have another choice but to sleep on the streets, and they certainly don't have the money to pay their fines. Cities shouldn't punish them for that.” If anything, that time that is being focused on punishing the homeless could be better implemented in helping the homeless. Next, you will further...
Cited: Ortega, Anabel. "The Debate Over Homelessness." : Homelessness in America: Why Should We Help the Homeless? N.p., 11 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Oct. 2014.
York, Phil. "Why We Should Care about Housing and Homelessness." Act Locally Waco. N.p., n.d. Web.
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