Caitlin Sullivan, Victoria Echevarria, and Gabby Ponce have all seen homelessness in their lifetime.As students of Dominican Academy, they have learned that they have to become the change they want to see. Therefore, they are petitioning Congress for change. They want a categorical grant to be given to foundations to help empower the poor.
In Philadelphia, there were 588 persons on the streets in 2012. In Camden, there were 915 on the streets. In New York City, there were 3,200 people on the streets in 2012. Many people are the many shelters around these cities.There is much work being done to help the homeless but not much is being done to solve the tremendous problem of homelessness in the cities.
Due to the outstanding number of homeless people and the reality of what being homeless means, Congress should be more aware of the changes that they are making and how it affects other people. The homeless people usually have found themselves in a state of poverty because of the lack of opportunity. They have people helping them by giving food and clothes. But do they have a sense of community? Many places are attempting to help the homeless by empowering themselves to be able to pull themselves out of poverty. Many times these foundations are in dire need of funds. They rely on grants and donations. Therefore, any help is a huge help.
We are petitioning them to give categorical grants to foundations such as New Visions Homeless Day Shelter and Covenant House to help and empower the homeless.