Homeless Children in the United States of America
March 24, 2009 7:58pm CST
This topic came up today in another thread and it really got to me. We seem to have forgotten our humanity and simply assume that all homeless people are evil, wicked, people who only want drugs, alcohol,or are pedophiles. That just simply isn't the truth. A large majority of the homeless are children. And yet, even with that said, people still find a reason to blame the people for their situation. I can recall being homeless during high school and trust me, it wasn't like it was just a choice that one day we packed our bags and said "Hmm, it's a good day to be homeless". People become homeless when tough times spiral out of control and no one is around to help them recover.If anything, we ought to be holding ourselves accountable for not helping a fellow sentient being. So, tonight when it was mentioned in President Obama's address I went and found the links. The following is a link from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/10/homeless.children/index.html When I was in Arizona I came across this school Children First Academy that specifically aids homeless children: http://childrenfirst.edkey.org/ What do you feel our best solution is in America to put an end to homeless people? Does your state offer schools like this? Do you have programs set up if you are in another country that work well to make sure there are no homeless? Do you feel this is the government's responsibility, the states responsibility, the cities, or our (the people) responsibility? How do we end this and begin to show compassion for our fellow man, especially when we come to find out that 42% of homeless children are under the age of 6? Thank you in advance for keeping this discussion civil and open minded. Namaste-Anora
• United States
25 Mar 09
First off, the longer the Government takes to get this economy and food prices straight, the more these numbers will increase. So the main help will be the cost of living coming down. I do feel that the government should take responsibilty because it was their corruption and waste , lack of regulations that caused this escaltion in the cost of living. However, It does not mean that they will. I think every community needs to have a shelter and food pantry. It may be that they have to raise their own funds and work with the churchs to do it. If there are that many homeless and the Government has't done anything, what is to make us think that they ever will? It looks like independent community actions may be what has to happen to see an end to it. The biggest problem is , temporary help, won't help many for long....getting them independent means ,jobs and affordable lifestyles, which again is so controlled by the economy.