In Chicago, Poverty is a big issue among people in all neighborhoods. There are many people who struggle to get by due to living conditions, gun violence, or high criminal rates. This problem affects everyone because everyone in the community gets involved whether its not directly to you. With criminal rates being so high, you never know what could happen. Poverty and gun violence go hand in hand so it’s not surprise if one goes up, the other does too. Due to their current financial crisis, they have limited opportunities to get away from poverty so people take every chance they can get.
This includes armed robberies which leads to gun violence. According to the Brookings Institution, “Similarly, low-income people are more likely than others to experience crime, including violent crime”. As a result, a lot of neighborhoods considered poor are hotspots for gun violence. This is because people need to make ends meet at the end of the day. Chicago has one of the highest crime rates in the country.
This leads to students worrying if they will make it home from school each day. “All the time, I was thinking, ‘I want to get home.’ Then I checked my body to see if I was wet (with blood) anywhere.” This shows that having people out on the streets in a corrupt city can affect anyone even if they have nothing to do with it. Someone can just be walking down their street and get caught in crossfire and end up dead. One of the street examples from the article was North Lawndale Ave where incidents like someone getting shot is almost common. “There were more than 280 shootings in North Lawndale in 2016 and more than 30 homicides during that time.
” Most of the people affected, are living in poverty conditions. Which brings up our next topic toward poverty which is the living conditions and what people have to go through to get food, shelter, and education. Nowadays you would see people living on the streets trying to make some money for food and looking for shelter. Especially when it comes to the weather and people don’t have the right clothing to survive the harsh weather conditions. More than a third of Illinois residents and nearly half of Chicagoans are considered low-income or living in poverty, according to the report released this week by the anti-poverty group. They also have shelters for families in need so that they can get back on their feet with finding jobs to support their families with food and eventually getting their own house.