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Homelessness is a growing problem in the United States Countless people wonder the streets sleep in boxes and wonder where their next meal will come from As a sociologist working on the Nation Coalition for the Homeless NCH I would address four main concerns the links between poverty and the homelessness links between unemployment and homelessness lack of governmental support for the homeless and lack of affordable and satisfactory housing for the homeless Poverty and homelessness are go hand in hand Websters Collegiate Dictionary defines poverty as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions Those who live in poverty are often unable to pay for basic needs housing food childcare healthcare and education If those living in poverty can chose to live in a house or one of the above needs they usually chose homelessness There are also those where a serious illness will throw them into poverty and for those the unavoidable chose is homelessness Those who are employed and in poverty live from paycheck to paycheck and missing a paycheck or losing a job can leave them to live on the streets As a sociologist I would wonder why the number of those who are poor has not increased recently the poverty level has People in poverty are living with less and less money From 1995-1997 the number of people living in extreme poverty has increased by 500000 with 41 of poor people living with an income less than half of the poverty level People are living with less and less and their choice to afford other amenities rather than homes has drastically affected the rate of homelessness For many work proves no escape from poverty NCH Even with Americas economy is booming and unemployment is at its low homelessness is still a serious and continually growing factor in the United States The facts are that those with out a job are usually
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