One of the biggest problems we are facing all over the world is the amount of people who are not living in a home or are living in the streets. According to an assessment report from 2014 highlighted by 247WallSt.com, “California accounted for 20 percent of the nation’s homeless population.” Out of all 50 states, California makes up for 1/5 of all the homeless people in the United States of America. I guess that makes sense considering California’s population compared to the other states, but that is still a huge fraction.
Why is this still a problem! We’re California! We’re way cooler than this. We should all be helping each other out.
There are hundreds, and maybe even thousands, of homeless shelters in California. Most, if not all, shelter those on a first come, first serve basis. Yet that doesn’t seem to be enough, because there are still hundreds of thousands of people living on the streets. Being that I live in Los Angeles, I can’t go 20 feet without walking by a homeless person.
Los Angeles has been reported to be the homeless capital of the nation for the second year in a row, according to the Los Angeles Times. This is believed to be a result of the high-cost of living, and the competitiveness in the job market. How do you expect someone to get a job if they’re barely getting by living on the streets? If you’re going to make the world a place where people have to work for a living, then you may as well give them a place to live. Luckily, California is starting to take action.
“No Place Like Home calls for the state to sell $2 billion in bonds to construct permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness who experience chronic homelessness,” (Western City). This helps, but it still doesn’t solve the problem. While I agree that these people may need more urgent care, this still leaves out many people. There are all kinds of homeless people ranging from all different backgrounds.
According to another report from the assessment highlighted by 247WallSt.com, “nearly one-quarter of all homeless people were children under the age of 18 (23 percent or 135,701). Ten percent (or 58,601) were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 66 percent (or 384,122) were 25 years or older.” 33 percent are apparently kids and young adults. What’s to say that all of those kids don’t have any mental illnesses. Maybe they just went down a bad path, or they just got unlucky. What happens to them? What happens to all of them? The young and the old alike who just dug themselves a whole so deep that they don’t know if they’ll ever get out of it. Everyone needs a helping hand at some point in there life. Let’s all help each other.
What can you do? It depends on how much you actually want to help. There’s a lot of things you can, so do something.