N.G. Louisiana


Homelessness is an issue in the US

Dear Future President,

A big issue in our society is homelessness. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness aka NAEH, “In January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States.” Homelessness affects families, youth, veterans. Homelessness is an issue in the US and changes need to be made.

Youth homelessness is higher than ever. This is due to the rise in housing cost and college debt. For example KQED News states, “the growing population of homeless youth in San Francisco where as many as 1,600 young adults are without a home on any given night.” This is due to how high taxes are in the state of California, student debt, and water bills rising in the state.

Another group of people that experience homelessness are veterans. Another statement by NAEH states, “In January 2014, communities across America identified 49,933 homeless veterans during point-in-time counts, which represents 8.6 percent of the total homeless population.” Such a large amount of the homeless are veterans because of PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. Because of this many organizations, such as SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families), are looking farther into this issue and are taking more precautions to make sure this is not a problem.

Cynthia McKinney, the first African-American woman from Georgia in the US Congress and journalist at RT News, came up with another idea to lower the homelessness population. She suggested that the US spends less money on wars and more on the people. I completely agree with this and feel if we stay neutral during wars that are not ours to fight we can save a significant amount of money for the citizens that need it.

In conclusion, the US has a significant homelessness issue, however groups are taking precautions to lower the amount, from raising money to homeless shelters. If we, the citizens, work together for a cause we can do almost anything even homelessness.