Zahir Rawls

Teen Homelessness

In this letter, I argue that teen homelessness needs to end. I also discuss the consequences of being homeless in the U.S.

Dear Future President,

Imagine being 6-17 years old again but, now imagine homeless at that age. Struggling to find something to eat or even a place to go to sleep. Can't imagine it right? Well it's happening right now somewhere in the us. “1-30 children in the US were once homeless a time in there life. .” Since 2006 the rate in which kids became homeless started going and it's higher than ever now.

“13 kids die on the street everyday(Stand up for kids org).” This rate needs to be lowered and ended. With an increase of 8 percent in just a year, the number of homeless children have reached an all time high(ziv). According to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

“We need more affordable housing or we need to pay people $25 an hour," she said. "The minimum wage isn't cutting it.” The start in solving this problem could be to establish more homeless shelters and more honest adoptions. More attention needs to be brought to this and the government needs to take charge as soon as possible. 


Zahir Rawls, A Cristo Rey Student

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School


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