Minneapolis Homelessness

March 19, 2009

Many of the youngest Americans have been punished due to the recession. Nation wide figures have indicated there were 16% more homeless children in the 2007-08 academic year than in the previous year – but there is something even more shocking than this figure. According to a figure given in the Times magazine, nearly 1 in 10 students in Minneapolis are homeless.
Read that last line over again.
Minneapolis social workers have been taking note of how students are regularly falling asleep in class. Why? This is because rats and roaches have been keeping them up. A student at Longfellow elementary school was sleeping on a floor worried all night that rats and roaches were going to crawl on him. A social worker had given him a mattress to sleep on until his family could find a more permanent home for him.
There are other things being done to help students who are homeless in the Minneapolis area. For example, backpacks full of food have been given to students who live in homeless shelters; they are not just cheap knapsacks, either. Coats, mittens and hats have been handed out to students during wintertime. The district also provided funding to make sure that kids play sports and go on field trips and participate in science fairs. Minneapolis public schools are providing instruments for students during the year, even for young Ty’jhanae who loves playing her violin in church for the volunteers.
The stimulus package has even allocated 70 million dollars to help homeless students.
Although this information was shocking to me, I’m glad that it is being attended to – helping students hear the music again. Children that have hope for the future are most likely going to have a more positive attitude toward life, even through the struggle.

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3 Responses to “Minneapolis Homelessness”

  1. Aaron said

    There is some interesting information in here and certainly a sound story. I believe there are different types of blog writing though that you’ll want to pay attention to here.

    1. First you have the essay. These are rarely have citations/links in them but are more the direct thoughts of the writer. My own blog tends to use the essay approach to blogging.

    2. Next you have the news summation type approach. This I believe is what you are going for in this post. What it requires though are links embedded into your discussion that links to the news articles or other sources of data that you are drawing on. By linking all of these in your post, not only does the reader gleen your own view of the subject matter but is also able to use it as a hub from which to get the full journalistic story.

    3. Journalistic blogging. This is a whole other monster. Blogging is very much a subjective form of news writing, whereas journalism out to be objective. Its rare to find a good journalistic blog and one certainly should not try without some education in journalism itself. Editorial journalism is a bit different and is sort of like the first type but … well I suppose personally as an essayist the thought of being compared to editorial writers gives me chills. Lets just say they’re different for now 🙂

  2. Betty said

    Don’t you think that the funding should be used to clean up infestations of rats and roaches before giving out instruments?

    • thebeerphilosopher said

      I think if Minneapolis needs stimulus money to perform basic Board of Health tasks like that, they need to seriously rethink they way they budget. A better question would be why are kids sleeping with the rats to begin with? Why hasn’t the Minnesota Housing Authority stepped in and demanded more sanitary living conditions for families living in shelters?

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