Five Card Story: Should We Allocate More Resources to Housing for the Homeless Population

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Introduction (Picture 1):
Everyday in America, hundreds of thousands of people go to bed without a roof over their heads. People learn to survive sleeping on benches, under bridges, and anywhere else they can find. Being homeless comes with a variety of challenges and dangers, but the problem is often ignored in the US.

Picture Two:
In order to help with the homeless population in America, the government must allocate more funding towards helping the Americans living without a home, whether it be programs set up to help educate, find jobs, or rapid rehousing.
Homelessness is a serious problem, and it leads to many health risks. Often there is major food inequity, and people are not able to afford healthy food. They instead settle for fast food. It is not a sustainable lifestyle to not be able to eat quality food. Often, a poor diet leads to a lessened life span, and people without homes have an average life expectancy of 50.

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Also, there are many homeless youth in America. This causes children potential danger from elements, but also major disadvantages in school. For them, there is no place to do homework at night, and there is no internet access. Children are either ripped away from their families to be put in a flawed foster care system, or they are living on the street, attempting to keep up in the classroom with less resources.

Counterargument (Picture Four):
Some others believe, however, that the government should not spend more on the homeless population. They believe that if they want to succeed, they should work harder. They believe they should study more in school, hit the books, and work themselves out of their situation. Many people who think this are those who have graduated themselves and believe that every person has the same chance of success. They also believe that it is not their responsibility to pay taxes to help those on the streets. They see that they were able to work hard and succeed, and they assume that it is possible for every person in America to do the same. They often argue that the homeless population should just work harder.

Conclusion (Picture 5):
This is not the problem, however. Many people who are living on the streets have earned degrees and have served in wars. There are others that were successful before falling ill, and there are some that were brought up with less resources than others and weren't given the same, equitable opportunities to succeed. There are extremely hard-working, good people that are homeless, and many of them would take the opportunities presented to them, like meetings training them in how to find jobs or rapid rehousing, to help turn their situation around. There is a solution to the homelessness in America if we only try. Right now, the best thing we can do is make available resources by allocating more funds towards the problem.

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