East or west home is the best, as has been the proverbial saying and in practice the saying is true. Individuals feel their best when they are at their native land or with friends and close relatives who signify being home.
This has not been the case for all individuals; there is a population that has been underprivileged and unable to enjoy the comfort of living in a home. Such individuals lack the ability to acquire and maintain regular, safe and secure housing. There are circumstances that lead to such an unwanted situations of being homeless with nowhere and no one to lean on for help. Such situations not only happen to adults but also to children. Children have been hardly hit by the status of being homeless as they are more vulnerable because they cannot survive on their own without guidance and motivation.
Ziv is a journalist by profession and is based in the New York City where she has participated in the writing articles for different papers. She has written for; the San Francisco Chronicle, The Dish Daily, News Day and NewsWeek among others. In relation to homelessness, Ziv has written an article that has key interest in children homelessness where she has done research and articulated the results. The related article is in NewsWeek, entitled; Child Homelessness in U.S Reaches Historic High, Report says. From the article in the year 2013, more than 2.5 million children were homeless whereby they lived in shelters, fields, and streets or in cars on the streets. The number of homeless children increased at a very high rate of twelve percent within one year. The article is based on the research that was released on the number of children who are homeless. It outlines the statistical figures that have been given and analyzing the situation on the ground and at the same time relating all that to the economy of America.
The article targets the entire American fraternity over the rising cases of homelessness especially for children. Every citizen has a responsibility of ensuring that every child is entitled to better housing, health, diet and education no matter the status of their guardians. This includes ensuring that the children are able to access the basic facilities and necessities as it is required. The voice echoed mostly concerns the government with the greatest or the highest authority in the land. The authority it has can influence and intervene in the articulation of children homelessness. As the major target, it can come up with suitable and necessary policies that can be used to safeguard each and every child without discriminating on the background of the child. The government’s position is able to educate and inform the general public about the importance of safe guarding children and ways of ensuring that all children receive the basic rights that they are supposed to be getting.
The art of responsibility without being installed into the people’s system is very challenging for the public sector to acknowledge the presence of homeless children and accommodate them. Time immemorial there has been existence of homeless children whereby their case is not taken up very seriously. This has resulted in the growth and multiplication of the number of homeless kids in America, who have no one to turn to as the society has little or no interest about it.
Ziv in the presentation of this article has used a systematic organization of breaking down the report into fragments that highlight majorly on children homelessness. The author organizes and gives a structural frame work that is used to bring out a clear picture of what is happening on the ground concerning homelessness. Ziv is keen to give the statistics in the article; he displays the figures chronologically and in the time of their happenings, the reasons that are behind the high rise of children homelessness and finally the recommendations to the said reasons. The structure of the article is clear and straight to the point, it drills the incompetence that has been exercised all along and brings out the actual consequences that occur from lack of taking keen interest.
The article in its outline brings out the definition and meaning of homelessness through the use of imagery. Ziv uses imagery to depict what being a homeless child means, and what a homeless kid goes through in their day to day living. The author brings out the image by giving the characteristics of a homeless kid, which include lack of safe and affordable housing, education health and employment opportunities. The article depicts what the homeless children go through especially in schools, which greatly triggers adverse behaviors and affects the mind. Children go through a mind deteriorating process when they experience the school change every now and then. This makes them lag behind as they are not settled to continue with the studies in a conducive and peaceful environment. Their concentration lowers resulting in poor performance in their studies for those lucky to attend school.
The author has used analogies that depict the evidence of the children’s homelessness in American society. When portraying the extent to which the rate of homelessness is increasing and the expectation of the future increase, Ziv quotes Decandia who says, “It really reached an epidemic portion”. This means that the increase is like an outbreak that cannot be controlled easily.
When showing that children are the first victims of depression and still the last group that will recover from depression, Ziv quotes Bruce Lesly. Bruce Lesly claims that, “children are like canaries in the coal mine”. This creates a vivid image of how kids are negatively impacted.
The article creates a stir to the state government by giving them analytical report, which comprises of what has been the trend in child homelessness between 2012 and 2013. It goes further to give the percentage rate of increase and states that the trend is continuous and it will be at its worst if no necessary steps are taken. The author also offers his idea on the way of tackling the issue to the government who if in any case use the ideas they can help curb homelessness.
There is the use of ethos in such statements where Carmela DeCandia is quoted saying “As a nation of wealth and opportunity [one in thirty children] is not something we should tolerate” (Ziv). Pathos is evident in the case of Carmela DeCandia is quoted saying “we have not been paying attention; we need to before the goal comes out of reach”(Ziv). The use of logos in the statement on the released report that confirms the kind of attention given to children, it states that “children and families have not received the same attention”.
The author has used a hopeful tone, where he portrays America as an able nation, which will be able to deal with the issue of homelessness. With proper guidelines being taken and followed, there will be free way to a state that has a caring attitude despite the status of individuals.
Ziv, Stav. Child Homelessness in U.S Reaches Historic High, Report says. 2014.