Homeless People

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No Place Like Home Every day 444,000 to 842,000 homeless people are fighting for food and shelter just to Stay alive (Wolf, 6A). Homelessness is a problem in both the United States and Central America. The problem has similarities and differences in these places. Whether we choose to accept it or not, there are people living on the streets that need help. Although homelessness is a problem in both the United States and Central America, it differs in the following ways: what is causing people to become homeless, facts and statistics regarding the problem of homelessness, and what is being done in these areas to help prevent or decrease the amount of homeless people.

First, how are the causes of homelessness in these two areas different? Lack of food and shelter are the obvious causes of homelessness anywhere. However, in the United States, there are many different causes.

Poverty, lack of education, and unemployment are the major causes. Therefore, some people don't have the money to pay for food and shelter for themselves and their families. Many are victims of homelessness simply because they don't have the required skills to get a job. Also, there is an incredible shortage of low cost housing for those who struggle financially. In contrast, Central America has different causes for homelessness. The countries there have such low economies that the people don't have many opportunities to make money and the pay is very low. Additionally, the housing is so poorly constructed and unstable that it can be easily destroyed by natural disasters or severe weather conditions. All in all, the causes of homelessness differ in the United States and Central America because of the problems unique to each area.

Also, the facts and statistics of homelessness differ in the U.S. and...