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And so are your kids” (359). Many families are simply one paycheck away from homelessness, and the type of programs available to people are insufficient to help families cover costs. The author employs the phrase “And so are your kids” to attempt to personalize the essay, and to make people feel the fear that these families beneath the poverty line feel everyday when they receive bills or don’t have the food to feed their hungry children.Even though the author personalizes the essay, a specific reason for understanding why the homelessness problem is only growing helps readers to understand the problem. Without an easy way to approach the subject, the fact that the homelessness problem only grew during a burgeoning economy might confuse people. If people don’t precisely understand a problem, then they are going to be less likely to be sympathetic to the problem. In “Still Hungry, Still Homeless,” featured as an American magazine editorial, does this job: “Seeing that the earnings of the middle-class Americans have risen, landlords have been quick to realize that they can charge much higher rents” (361). With the rise in rents, most families were able to afford the increases. However, the problem is, as the article points out, that the lowest income group did not improve along with the rest of the country in the financial sector, and as this is the case, more and more families were unable to afford the rent to keep roofs over there children’s heads. Single mothers are even more prone to having difficulties in providing housing and food for their children. For the most part these two essays are quite similar to each other, simply concentrating on different aspects of the homeless problem, but “Still Hungry, Still Homeless, is a more effective essay for including a precise reason for the increase in homelessness during prosperous economic times.The essay goes on to further illustrate the increasing homelessness problem with statistics outlining various problems, such as there being “A startling 22% increase in the use of their emergency services” (361) for food and shelter needs. Furthermore, the essay states that “Almost three-fourth’s of the survey cities expect a rise in the demand for emergency food” (361). As we can see, this second essay relies a bit more heavily on statistics to make its point. By doing so, the essay is trading some of
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  • Pages: 4 (1000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
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  • Level: Masters
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