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It is apparent that a major problem in society is the increasing number of homeless people in our major cities It is a common belief by some journalists and politicians that the amount of homeless people in the US may be caused by the release of a large amount of deinstitutionalized mental patients in the 1970s The reason behind the release it seems is that a newly proposed policy would give the former patients treatment from local community based centers This project failed because the treatment centers were never built Some people deny this to be a valid reason especially those who work with the homeless Most people who express alternate views believe it is an economic and social problem rather than a psychiatric one While the government provides some financial support towards homeless shelters funds have dropped from 30 billion in 1980 to 25000 by 1989 This fact along with a survey by the MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY shows that most frequent illnesses among homeless are non-mental and only 13 of the sicknesses are neurological It seems clear that a direct psychiatric cause is not a valid argument or a real solution to this problem but rather an indirect manifestation of the lack of care and support Along with this lack of funds comes a lack of social responsibility towards the homeless While a few shelters are currently available many homeless people with various health problems are denied treatment As we hear the politicians tell us that no one will be turned away or just horror stories and that these situations dont exist we need to look at the hundreds of mothers who are turned away each year The author seems to be writing an argument directed towards a middleclass audience concerning homelessness in American society While he is apparently informing a group he sometime refers to the audience as we implying that
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