Home­less­ness and kids

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

Home­less­ness is a grow­ing epi­demic — es­pe­cially with chil­dren and youth. Too of­ten we see a home­less adult sleep­ing in an un­der­pass or hold­ing a sign at a high­way exit, but not so of­ten to do we see the chil­dren who are equally as af­fected by this curse. Chil­dren younger than 6 make up half of the home­less pop­u­la­tion in the United States; why does no one talk about this? Why are we so quick to judge and cast aside those who stand at cor­ners ask­ing for spare change, help and ac­cep­tance? Home­less­ness is far too of­ten pre­ceded by loss, pain and trauma, es­pe­cially for chil­dren. The loss of shel­ter and safety deeply dis­rupts ev­ery as­pect of liv­ing and grow­ing, so why are we let­ting so many chil­dren grow up in this dev­as­ta­tion?

If we want this coun­try to be ever grow­ing and de­vel­op­ing, we need to lend a hand to those who most des­per­ately need it — our chil­dren. Only to­gether can we make a dif­fer­ence and change the world around us.

Mor­gan Fowler, Tulsa

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