“In front of Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church in North Carolina, there is a statue of Jesus wrapped up in a blanket, homeless and covered in scars. When the status was first added to the property, it received backlash from the wealthy community it resided in. One woman called the police on the “vagrant” that was loitering.”
Many submissions to our Ark Law Group Student Voices scholarship were passionate and hard-hitting, and many points of view were shared around the issues. One runner-up, Emily Hill, opens up with her personal experience with homelessness on three separate occasions.
“If we live in the so-called “land of opportunity," why would such a considerable amount of our population be so misfortunate?”
Cynthia Lu is another runner-up in our Ark Law Group Student Voices scholarship contest, where we asked, “What are some of the issues involved and possible solutions regarding the 500,000 homeless in America?”
Not only are there over 500,000 homeless in America, but accordingly to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, nearly 4 million Americans "sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation.”
The Ark Law Group Student Voices scholarship program gives students the opportunity to share insights and opinions about some of society’s most pressing issues. Last fall, the prompt centered around homelessness in America, and encouraged students to discuss both causes and solutions to remediate the problem.
With an application to the Ark Law Group Student Voices scholarship contest, Anh Le submitted an essay that truly humanized and individualized each of the soles struggling with homelessness on a daily basis.
In an essay titled Barriers to Housing submitted for our Ark Law Group Student Voices scholarship program, runner-up Shannon Good provides a heart-wrenching visual of the variety of people in need of help and struggling with homelessness, and the unfortunate scenarios for several being turned away from help.
Hector Tejeda is a runner-up in our fall Ark Law Group Student Voices scholarship program, for which we asked about the causes and implications of homelessness.
For being such a prosperous country, homelessness in the United States continues to be a prevalent problem. That is why we asked students to address the issue and proposed solutions in our recent Ark Law Student Voices essay prompt.
With over 500,000 individuals homeless on a nightly basis in the United States, it continues to be an increasingly important issue to address. For our recent Ark Law Student Voices Scholarship prompt addressing the topic, we are recognizing several runners-up alongside our winner due to the numerous insights shared.
“Situational homelessness is an issue that has caught many Americans by surprise. This mainly because the economy has outgrown them and left many workers behind who can hardly make ends meet when facing financial troubles. This is in no way the fault of the person who experiences homeless, and it is on society to fill in the gaps where the market fails by providing the opportunity to succeed,” concludes Samantha Anderson, a runner-up in the Fall 2018 Student Voices scholarship program.