Single Parent Home Analysis

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Have you ever wondered just how many single parents that you pass on your way to work or school that are homeless, living in shelters, or on the streets? Well, I have firsthand experience on what it is like to be homeless in a single parent household during the great recession of 2008. My mother struggled during this time to provide for me and my younger sister, but with no job, and no money, we were no different than the millions of other single parent families that were now on the outside looking in. We ended up packing up what little items we could and lived out of our van for three months in an isolated camp ground. My mother ended up finding a decent minimum wage job along with receiving a housing voucher to move into an apartment complex…show more content…
Thompson believes that homelessness have been increasing over the past two decades since the recession, and in order for single parents to be able to provide for their families there needs to be more assistance from the federal government in providing permanent housing (Thompson, 2012, para.4). In addition, there was an article published by the St. Petersburg Times, that described a man named Richard Shuster, who had a normal life working to provide for his children in a nice gated community. But, due to the housing market crash of 2008, most businesses and houses collapsed, causing Richard and his family to live in tents behind the eastern suburbs of a once middle-class neighborhood with no solution or ability to get back on his feet (Amrhei &Meacham, 2008, para.1). However,“the National Alliance to End Homelessness was created around 2008 economic recession, and has helped more than 1.6 million people and their families that were once homeless due to various reasons such as, alcoholism, drug use, inability to find work, lack of transportation and housing” (Merino, 2014, para.1). According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “there was a major improvement in the amount of chronic homelessness by offering…show more content…
I understand what it is like to go without food, a regular bed to sleep in, clean clothes, and wondering whether my classmates and teachers would know I was living in a van in the woods not far from where I once lived. Most people can recognize or have seen at least one homeless person sleeping on a park bench or sitting outside in the cold with a cardboard sign. But not everyone knows their situation, and many do not offer to help. I feel that the problem with homelessness, especially among single parent homes in the United States is mainly due to the cost of inflation with housing, and the fact that minimum wage has not gone up to make it possible for lower to middle class families to provide for their families. I feel that the only solution to the problem is to spread more awareness by using social media such as, Facebook and Twitter. This would help spread awareness more quickly because almost everyone uses social media to communicate with their friends and family. By spreading the word about homelessness, more people, especially in local communities will be more willing to take someone in if they had room or help get approval from the government on allowing homeless individuals and their families to live in a tiny home community that is especially designed for newly homeless families to have a home to call their
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