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McElhaney, Nguyen, 1 Jack McElhaney, Richard Nguyen Dana Klein AP English Language and Composition 09 April 2017 Tents and Bridges Homelessness continues to be a prominent issue in American society, while it’s highly evident in cities such as San Diego. With a high population, and even higher rent costs, those down on their luck find themselves under tents and bridges to shelter themselves from cold sea winds and harsh winter storms. As the quantity of homeless San Diegans increases, the issue becomes harder to mend. Homelessness in San Diego is a major problem that should be resolved at once, as the problem grows exponentially every year. Considering that San Diego’s homeless population has become the nation’s fourth largest for a city, it’s clear that the problem has drastically inflamed. The long-term homeless population climbed from 1,245 in 2014 to 1,689 the next year (Source A). The dramatic increase over the next few years can create such a large collection of homeless people that society will be more difficult to refine. Change must be advocated and executed as soon as possible before the government lets the issue go out of control and abandons relations with the homeless people. According to HUD’s assessment in 2015, of those without their own housing, 48% endure the agony of living on the streets (Source A). Several homeless individuals take refuge in shelters, whether they’re for emergencies or permanent conditions. More work still needs to be done in order to build havens and keep the distress off of the streets. Once the homeless people inhabit shelters, they’ll have the motivation to ameliorate their lifestyle and, therefore, overall homelessness can gradually diminish.
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