Home Sweet Homeless

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Home Sweet Homeless

Lola Halverson, Journalist

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Did you know that besides New York and Los Angeles, Seattle has the most homeless people in the nation? In 2018, Seattle’s homeless population accounted for 12,112 people, according to the New York Times. With this amount of people, you could fill one fourth of T- mobile park, (formally known as Safeco field). The scary thing is that the homeless population is growing.

One reason why the population of homeless people is gaining is because the rents of Seattle are too high. Many large businesses such as Amazon, Starbucks, and Nordstrom started in Seattle. Therefore, the government believes many people that live in Seattle are paid over minimum wage, resulting in them thinking we can all afford the average $820,000 house. The problem with this is many people don’t work for these large companies; some can only work for a minimum wage job. Now we have many underpaid adults who cannot afford the average house, so they have to move to a cheaper home, or become homeless. We can take this problem and find a solution, such as lowering house prices, or creating a wide range of houses in order to fit the needs of every family. There are many other reasons why people are homeless, but this is a large one.

The Magazine states, “At the same time, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle metro area spends more than $1 billion fighting homelessness every year,” (Rufo 2). We can see many people are putting huge amounts of money to solve this issue, but nothing is happening. In fact, in 2017 our homeless population came in at 11,643 homeless people, which means the population has increased by about 4%. That percent might not seem like a lot, but after many years, the numbers will add up. You might be thinking, “Why isn’t the population decreasing if we are putting so much money into this topic?”. The answer is quite simple, we are putting money into the wrong projects. Many organizations persuade the government to give them money, but those organizations are making little to no progress in decreasing the population. In order to lower the number of homeless people, we need to look back at our past mistakes and improve our decisions.

In the end, one of the biggest ways to improve our city is pretty simple. With your parents, take a certain amount of money and put it towards a trustworthy foundation. Whether it’s a food bank, a homeless shelter, or even just giving a small amount of money to making shelters for the homeless. Wouldn’t it be great knowing everyone was in a safe, warm home at night, and no one would have to worry about food running out. If everyone comes together, we can all put a small amount of money into a big problem, and solve it! So, next time you see someone cold and homeless on the street, think about how we can stop this enormous issue.