Welfare System Vs Homeless Essay

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Ngan NguyenESL 320W4/24/2014How Does The United States Assist the Homelessness?When I did the interview essay, my interviewee said that "The homelessness is an immense problem that will be never ended." Now, I am doing the research essay, I also find the information that the number of homeless continue to soar on the last decay. Even though, the government was providing food, health care, and housing that help people who were living below middle class, and people who cannot afford their housing do not become homeless, there are still many homeless on the street. I am exciting to explore why the number of homeless continues to increase, how the welfare state supports to homeless, and what solutions for homeless.Since the Great Depression, the image of homelessness has changed. Today, homelessness include many kinds of people such as Veterans, the mentally ill, the physically disabled, elderly, women, runaway children, alcoholics, and people in trouble with drugs, and it continue to soar (Nguyen). Homelessness is a people who sleep in the streets, parks, subways, and sidewalks. They are not also having house or any kind of shelter, and moving from place to place (Christian, Jennifer Howson and Alexandra). Welfare system is the program that assists to people who are unemployed or underemployed, and people who live below middle class. There are many programs that the welfare system covered, such as giving them monthly allowance, health care, food temp, WIC, and housing (Nguyen).The Welfare State originated in Germany since the last quarter of the nineteenth century. There were many programs such as social insurance, public health, unemployment insurance, housing, infant health and child welfare (Dickinson). According to Boundless.com "The first Chancellor of Germany, created the modern welfare state by building on a tradition of welfare programs in Prussia and Saxony that began as early as in the 1840s, and by winning the support of business." (The History of The Welfare States). Around 1945 the idea of welfare developments in Britain as part of a collective train journey which began with Lloyd George and ended with Mr Attlee, Labour's 1945 Prime Minister, safely steering the train into a collective welfare state terminal (Field).In the United States, there were millions people had been laid off from work because of economic crisis in 1929. In 1930, when the Great Depression began, there were 18 million elderly, disabled, and single mothers with children live below middle class. In 1933, there were more 13 million people had been thrown out of work. Even though, State and local governments together helped these people, it became overwhelming. The Great Depression also effect on poor children. According to Grace Abbott, head of the federal Children's Bureau stated that "In the spring of 1933, 20 percent of the nation's school children showed evidence of poor nutrition, housing, and medical care. School budgets were cut and in some cases schools were...

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