Homelessness and kids
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