Homelessness in Dallas
 By Claire Miller

      Did you know that Dallas has the greatest amount of homeless people in all of Texas? Our city is seemingly “glamorous” to the outside due to our wide range of shopping malls, skyscrapers, and large corporations situated in this city; however, beneath this facade lies poverty and homelessness that is attempted to be covered up by mere buildings. We, as writers, will shed a light on this situation to raise awareness for this issue faced by our community and countless others, 
      Studies show that “More than 300,000 Dallas residents live in poverty and almost 600,000 live in housing distressed households.” The beds that are provided at night are almost always full and affordable housing is a far-fetched idea in their minds. Many people in these circumstances are earning less than 30 percent of the Area Median Income, which makes a proper house a distant dream. We need to take action for these issues. Over 1,000 people have no place to call home, and many are constantly on the move, never staying in the same place for long.
      Within these homeless communities lie the next generation of our future: children. The biggest problem with the homelessness in Dallas, in my opinion, is how children are “stuck” in this seemingly endless cycle of poverty. These kids are malnourished and can suffer from a variety of mental problems due to something that is completely out of their control. Many kids are suffering due to the low-income jobs of their parents or siblings.
Healthcare is another raging issue concerning homelessness. There are many barriers for homeless people to receive healthcare. The Dallas County Community College District tells us that “homeless people are more susceptible to certain diseases, have greater difficulty getting health care, and are harder to treat than other people, all because they lack a home.” This shows how due to their condition, homeless people are more at-risk of contracting communicable diseases and due to the unclean environment that they must live in, they could be severely affected by a disease or illness that might seem harmless to most of us.
      At this point, you might be going, “Okay, okay! Enough with the depressing stuff already!” The good news is that not all hope is lost. There are many ways that we can support the homeless in our community. Consider donating to a charity if you have the means, or creating a post on social media to raise awareness. Perhaps learn more about the issue and write an article on it, or spread the word in your own community. The possibilities are endless. Step up and do your part to change something in your community.

Take action. Visit the following sites to contribute to the cause.
       Consider donating or helping out at the following:
               https://www.ourcalling.org/
               https://thestewpot.org/
               https://www.bridgehrc.org/
     Learn more about the issue:
               https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK218235/
               https://dallascityhall.com/departments/homeless-solutions/Pages/State-of-Homelessness.aspx#:~:text=In%202019%2C%20MDHA’s%20State%20of,of%20which%201%2C452%20were%20unsheltered.

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