Essay on the Homeless

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Essay on Homeless

One of the largest growing concerns in Toronto is the constantly

increasing number of citizens who are finding themselves living

on the streets. With the decrease in the number of available

jobs, the population of homeless people has literally boomed.

My questions are not as simple to answer as they may appear.

Why is a large portion of our community forced to live on the

streets? What has be done to decrease the problem? These are

the questions I will confront in my essay.

With the economical wealth attributed to the name "Canada", one

would have to wonder why there is a homeless situation at all.

This problem is especially evident in Canada's wealthiest city,

Toronto. When it comes to the affairs of the people, it is the

government who should intervene. When I look at what the

government has done with regard to the homeless problem, I have

to doubt that everything is being done to eradicate it.


United Nations implemented a universal declaration of human

rights. Article 25 Section 1 of this declaration states:

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for

the health and well being of himself and of his family, including

food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social

services, and to the right to security in the event of unemployment,

sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood

in circumstances beyond his control.

This is a step in the right direction. However, this is not

enough. These rights are subject to the discretion of the

government of the country who decides to obey these universal

rights. How much is "adequate"?

The government, both at the federal and municipal levels, is

currently working on new spending cuts. These cuts also include

spending on welfare,