Jason Buys Professor Deurloo English 150 13 March 2011

Poverty in the U.S.
Poverty is a fast-rising problem in the United States. The number of people below the poverty line has only continued to increase in recent years. In 2009, 43.6 million people were poor, up from 39.8 million in 2008 and 37.3 million in 2007. The nation's official poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3 percent, up from 13.2 percent in 2008 the second statistically significant annual growth in the poverty rate since

2004, according to WorldHunger.org. The question is where do we go from here, and what can we

do to stop it? Often there are accusations of laziness and fraud towards the homeless. While I do somewhat agree with the claim that some of the homeless got themselves in that situation, everyone deserves a second chance. Addiction ravages the homeless population, and they need help rather than for us to turn our backs on them. Stereotypes America establishes against the homeless need to be stopped. Government-funded programs to help the homeless don t need to be cut, they need to be refocused. Instead of just supplying food for the homeless, we need to establish more housing for them. Shelter and a place to go home at night will help them get back on their feet and get back to work. Who will hire someone if they haven t showered in days, and have no clean clothes? Finally, we need programs to help educate and prevent the leading cause of homelessness, which is addiction. If America can manage their funding for welfare programs better, our nation will be better off as a whole.

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