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Livin' In The Trailerhood Essay

878 words - 4 pages

I have lived in the same trailer park my whole life. As a result I have had to deal with people treating me differently after they found out where I lived. Many people jumped to the conclusion that I was poor. Although at times money has been tight, I would never classify myself as poor. My family has always been able to provide for me. Other people assumed that my family must be living off of Welfare. I can also say that my family has never received Welfare. Despite the fact that some people match those stereotypes doesn’t mean that everybody should be lumped together with them. I have met multiple people who also live in trailer parks, and most of them do not fall into the stereotypical ...view middle of the document...

So John and his wife decided it would be best to move into a mobile home park. Getting paid a lower salary still doesn’t make somebody poor. As long as a person can afford the necessities they are not poor.
Many people have the notion that those who live in trailer parks all suck off the Welfare system. In my experience only about one in ten people I know, who live in trailer parks, receive Welfare. Many people think that everybody that is on Welfare is abusing the system, but that is not true. I do know of some people that have abused the system, but I also know others who have not. One example is my neighbor Vikki. She is a single mother of three kids. She went through all the correct steps to receive Welfare. Throughout the whole process she was avidly searching for a job. When she finally received a job that she could fully support her family on, she stopped receiving Welfare. I also have neighbors that could receive Welfare if they tried, but they are determined to make things work by their own actions. Just because a person receives welfare doesn’t mean they should be thought of as being any less than somebody who does not receives it.
Another common misconception about those who choose to live in trailer parks is that they are all drunkards. Most of the people I know, despite where they live, will...

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