Homelessness in America

They walk as invisible life forms, their destination is unknown and we dare not to ask where they are going or where they have come from. We pretend not to see them or even acknowledge their existence, yet we make excuses for them and blame them for their failures. They are the homeless people of the United States of America. According to CBS/AP is estimated that there was 744,000 homeless people in the United States of America in 2005. I commend CBS/AP for bringing the problem of homelessness forward and to place the problem clearly in the open. However the accuracy of this figure will never be known but the one thing that we could all agreed upon is that homelessness is a problem that continues to cultivate and very little is done to arc this unanticipated occurrence. According to the United States Census a person is consider homeless when they have no place to stay and no expectation of finding a place for the next thirty days.
This classification is insulting, irresponsible and degrading to a human being, who finds itself in a situation beyond his control and yet the Census takes the position that you must loose faith in exceeding the situation Realistically speaking if you have hope of finding a place in less than thirty days you are not homeless, but the census does not give a classification for people with hope of finding a home.
Each city is left to deal with the problem of homelessness without the help of the federal government. United States Conference of Mayors, studies and countless articles written by professional and amateur writers from all walks of life give the following nines reasons as the major cause of homelessness.
1. Lack of affordable housing
2. Low paying jobs
3. Substance abuse and lack of needed services
4. Mental illness and lack of needed services
5. Domestic violence
6. Unemployment
7. Poverty
8. Prison release
9. Change and cuts in public assistance
President George W. Bush acknowledged the problem of Homelessness and the lack of affordable housing and introduced the American Dream Down Payment Act which allocates $200 million per-year to help approximately 40,000 minority families each year with the down payment and closing fees. President Bush was applauded for his commitment to help families; everyone knew that this would not be the solution to the homelessness but it was a start of something positive towards a brighter future for many families. In 2004 President Bush reported to the nation that the minority homeownership in the United States had reached 69.2 percent in the second quarter. This represented 73.4 million minority homeowners in the United States of America. These figures were received with open hearts and gave hope to other families to struggle for a piece of the dream and to invest their savings into a property they could call home.
What many people failed to realized was that the money giving to them by the government was a onetime deal and they would have to continue making payments on their property. Now their short lived dream became a nightmare with little hope or alternatives and the federal government will not be able to help them. In all reality the government met the statistics necessary to present to the nation the triumph of the American Dream Down Payment Act when in all reality the program was destine to fail from the moment it was written on paper. According to Realtytrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report the number of foreclosure increased every quarter during 2005 reaching nearly 847,000 the number of properties that were entered into foreclosure. With Florida, Colorado and Utah reporting the highest numbers of foreclosure rates and for 2006 it was reported that 323, 000 properties entered into foreclosure during the first quarter with Georgia, Colorado and Indiana posting the highest foreclosure rates.
It will never be clear if the actual American Dream Down Payment Act contributed to the homeless problem in America, but we do know that more families were send into financial distress altering not only their dreams but also their trust in government.
Homelessness has many faces and there is no one solution but together with solid financial stability we as a nation could alter the rate of growth of homelessness. The homeless has been care by the public sector and by limited funding provided by individual cities across the United States of America with little or no intervention from the federal government. Perhaps if the government would look at this problem openly and without prejudice they will succeed in representing all the people. But in reality politicians will not attempt to curve homelessness in America, because there is no money to be contributed to their campaign or votes to count on Election Day. American citizens are divided by government into electoral contributors and invisible life forms. Perhaps politicians should realize that the constitution declares all men to be created equal.

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