Homelessness a Public Health Issue: Rhetorical Analysis

The article, “Fight Looms as Bill de Blaiso Plans to seek 90 New Homeless Shelters” by Nikita Stewart informs the readers that Mayor Blaiso is expected to unveil a plan to open 90 new homeless shelters throughout New York. She urgently argues that homelessness is a big problem that the mayor has failed to resolve over the past years. She states that, “The move, which was confirmed by several people familiar with the plan, would increase the number of shelters in New York by nearly a third and is sure to meet community opposition at nearly every turn.” In hopes of creating change, the new shelter homes is expected to move thousands of homeless people into stable housing. This news should be important to every working American because decreasing the number of people on the streets improves a communities well being. Also, creating bigger, better shelters will encourage homeless people to be productive. Many days, weeks, months, or years on the streets it dehumanizes one as a individual. New shelter homes will bring that reassurance that every human being deserves good health . and a safe environment. This issue lies upon the category of Public Health in the United States because there are health disparities between minorities, rich and poor, women, men etc. There should be no discrimination when it comes to a individual’s health because everyone deserves a healthy living.

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Nikita Stewart stresses the fact that United States alone has many homeless people because she uses any form of statistics in each paragraph to remind the reader the amount of people struggling with this problem. Therefore, her use of logos is highly effective because she is able to paint a picture in the readers head. In addition, Stewart shifts to the economic side of this plan too create new housing for homelessness by stating, “… mayor wants to significantly expand a shelter system that is so over capacity that the city is forced to spend about $400,000 a day on hotel rooms.” Although Stewart criticized the failed planning of Mayor Blaiso, she cuts him some slack because it is a difficult task to achieve. Using these statistics helps readers show how much money is being used, or how many people are homeless. This can impact the way readers see the situation. The article states that, “…homeless shelters, drug and mental treatment centers and foster care group homes were concentrated in 10 community districts, with an average of 21.7 beds per 1,000 residents in those districts, a balance five times the city average” narrating that the distribution of shelters are unequal which can cause health disparities.

Moreover, Nikita Stewart strategizes the placing of the quotes in order to make her claims stronger. For instance, after she explains to the audience that there has been delays to the improvement of shelter houses then she adds on by quoting some providers, who said , “ The city’s lack of organization and failure to plan often means those on the front lines face financial stress and uncertainty” (Scott Stinger, the city comptroller). This creates a strong support for her claim that the city council has put holds onto the improvement of shelter housing. It is obvious that Nikita Stewart uses pathos and has a emotional connection because she provides detailed information about the living conditions homeless people are living in. I feel a sense of urgency in Nikita’s tone. This quote brings up the question, “ What is the government’s top priority?” because clearly they are unbothered by the homelessness issue.

Dozens of homeless women have been sleeping in the atrium of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless respite facility since the bridge to Long Island was closed in October. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

Homelessness symbolizes the lack of care the government treats lower income individuals. Resolving homelessness will improve the community as a whole. To better a human you must give them a chance. Nikita Stewart wants to make a statement that the government is not doing enough. She indicates that,

“…hotels turned into makeshift shelters are problematic, offering little privacy and space for families crammed into rooms with double beds. There are generally no kitchens — an especially difficult hardship for families … Cluster housing, consisting of units within private apartment buildings, has also been troubling, for its poor conditions and an inability to provide people with the services they need to move into permanent housing.”

Again, she uses pathos as a way of making readers feel the urgency she is feeling. This effective method gives readers awareness on the topic because their is a emotional connection. Living in poor conditions can mentally, and physically harm individuals. Emotionally the author creates a personal and societal connection which makes readers have a sense of urgency. Stewart informs readers in a creative, informative way in which her content is easy to follow. Lastly, Stewart uses her diction in this quote to emphasize the struggles within current shelter homes. Using the words such as poor conditions, troubling, and difficult hardships shows the frustration and anger she has with these homes. The use of ethos and logos establishes great arguments in terms of the homelessness situation in New York while providing unbiased facts.

Works Cited

Stewart, Nikita. “Fight Looms as Bill De Blasio Plans to Seek 90 New Homeless Shelters.”The New York Times. The New York Times, 27 Feb. 2017. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

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