Alma: Homelessness

Homelessness is a problem that people come face to face with in their daily lives. The community in the Los Angeles Promise Zone is so used to seeing people in the streets and along the freeways. I have always wondered why people don’t do something, then I realized that I am one of those that stands around and does nothing. Walking along the streets of the LA Promise Zone, I came across homeless people and I could see in their eyes that the way they were treated were not as “humans”.  Many people believe that the homeless population are lesser than humans, some second kind of second-class citizens. The homeless are mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. Increasing numbers of homeless people are living along the freeways of Los Angeles.

This made me realize that many people living on the streets have nowhere else to go and are on the constant move. This is also because neighbors are not willing to offer some sort of help and they are forced to move. Homelessness is a huge problem that cannot be ignored. Nelson Mandela once said, “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”