Why Public Housing Is Necessary In A Civilized Society


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Everyone has the right to a roof over their head. When it is cold, no one should have to suffer from hypothermia because they are stuck outside. When it is raining, no one should have to get wet because they have nowhere to get shelter. In a civilized society, it is important that everyone has access to some form of housing.

Homelessness Creates Hopelessness

If you have ever had to work outside on a cold day or walk a long distance on a cold night, you know how difficult it can be. Imagine having to deal with a cold night on a park bench because you have nowhere to go. Imagine further that no one cares that you are starving and cold. To most people, the homeless are a burden and an eyesore. That doesn’t do much to help your morale or make you believe that you can be something.

Homelessness Is Not Always A Choice

There is a segment of society that believes those who are on the streets chose to be on the streets. In reality, many homeless people suffer from an illness or lost all their savings due to the poor economy. Anyone who is sick should have mercy shown to them in the from of a bed and at least one meal a day. People who are willing to work should be given a place to stay while they get back on their feet.

Could You Turn Away A Single Parent Looking To Start Over?

A battered woman who has left her husband and has nowhere to go should not be forced to turn to a life on the streets. That creates a situation where she may turn to prostitution or selling drugs to survive. If she has a safe place for herself and her child can look ahead to getting a job to support herself while she gets her life back to normal.

Not Everyone Can Afford Housing On Their Own

What would you do if you suddenly became disabled and could no longer work. How long would you be able keep your house or apartment before your savings ran out? What happens if your children or grandchildren decide that you are too much of a burden to have you or you don’t have any family left at all? Where you would turn to get help? The best answer is that you would turn to public housing or some other form of public assistance to keep the housing that you have now.

Each life is worth living with dignity. For many, they are not able to afford the basic necessity of a roof over their head. While the homeless are typically labeled as stupid or lazy, most of them are good people who have fallen on hard times. If a society is to call itself developed and civilized, it must always be able to provide for the needs of the sick, the poor and the downtrodden.