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sit around all day and do nothing. They don’t try and help themselves or others. They lie and cheat and honestly deserve nothing because they could never give anything if they were forced to. They make up a very small group in fact, about 4% of all homeless. Drugs are everywhere on the streets. It is estimated that 20% of all people living on the streets use hard drugs daily. Such drugs as cocaine, heroine, and morphine plague certain areas. AIDS often spreads like wildfire among people who share unsterilized needles, and once a person contracts the HIV virus, they become a statistic in the disabled category. I have found that there seem to be two main elements in saving a homeless person. The government needs to help homeless people get back on their feet. They need to make

sure also that homeless people don’t abuse systems such as social security and housing. Another thing that a homeless person greatly needs is responsibility over himself. The homeless need to get up on their own two feet, by their own will and try and help themselves. Finding jobs, such as selling “Homeless Newspapers” such as Streetwise in Chicago, or Street News in New York. A vendor gets the papers for free or low cost, sells them for a dollar and keeps 55 cents for each sold. They can then use this money to pay for food, shelter, and some personal uses. Many shelters exist whose primary goal is to help the homeless get a job and home. They offer computer teachers, landscapers, welders, and other types of craft that can be used in society today. So if the government is

willing to help get the homeless rou! sed into the wanting of a better life, and they wish to follow through, then I think we could find a better, faster way to end the nation’s problem of homelessness. Follow-up The reason I didn’t include any numbers on the amount of homeless people is because they are some of the most difficult people to count. People lived doubled up with families, they move from place to place, and have children. There is also the matter of exactly HOW to count them. There is no way that works better than the other. Surveys that have been done on the homeless in New York have differed my the tens of thousands. So all I did include were the hard facts that could not be opposed. 320