The Problem of Homelessness
Huddled in doorways and on heating grates, standing in lines at soup kitchens and shelters, homeless persons have become an all-too-familiar part of urban American life. Each winter, newspapers report the tragic deaths of these people: freezing on the streets, burning in makeshift shelters, wasting away from a host of illnesses. And throughout the year, homeless persons are vulnerable and victimized: beaten, raped, stabbed, strangled. Securing the basic necessities of life—food, clothing, human companionship—becomes a daunting, sometimes life-threatening, task.
KeywordsHomeless Person Supplemental Security Income Homeless Population General Assistance Homeless Family
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