Homelessness in America is a
persistent, complex, and widely-occurring problem that incorporates many
economic, social, and psychological dimensions. After years of war and economic
decline, the ranks of the homelessness have grown to include families with
children (35%), military veterans (23%), children (25%), persons fleeing
domestic violence (30%), and the mentally ill (20-25%) (National Student
Campaign, 2012). Additionally, the number of homeless young adults, aged 18 to
24, is growing, giving homelessness a new face (Saulny, 2012).
With regard to the problem of
homelessness, some people perceive a call for greater human compassion, while
others demand more effective social policy and more comprehensive public health
services. Still others insist on greater individual responsibility and more
respect for the needs of business, reinforced by aggressive criminal justice
Your paper will examine a broad
range of private and public responses (e.g., laws, policies, programs, and
individual behaviors) to the problem of homelessness in America.
- You will examine five to seven such responses in depth from
the perspectives of virtue
ethics and distributive, commutative, and retributive justice.
- You will summarize the responses and identify the
consequences of each response for the problem of homelessness.
- You will evaluate competing and conflicting views about
the appropriateness of private and public responses to the problem of
homelessness and present a balanced conclusion about the justness of each
- Finally, you will draw an overall conclusion about
whether, 30 years from now, the next generation of Americans will view
today’s responses to homelessness as just.
Start your research by reviewing the PDF document, Recommended Resources for
the Final Paper. Use these resources to gain
familiarity with various aspects of the homelessness problem and a range of
responses to it. Some of the websites list other research based resources that
contain in-depth information that can also be utilized in your paper. Also, use
the Ashford University Library to find scholarly articles that are relevant to
the specific responses to homelessness that are the focus of your paper.
The paper must be ten to twelve
pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted
according to APA style. You must use at least five scholarly resources (at
least two of which can be found in the Ashford University Library) other than
the textbook to support your claims. Cite your sources within the text of your
paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including
samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the
Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
- Must be ten to twelve double-spaced pages in length,
and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
- Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must start with a short introductory paragraph which
includes a clear thesis statement (your answer to the question: Will the
next generation of Americans view as just, today’s response to
homelessness?). The thesis statement itself is just that – a statement of
what your essay demonstrates. The thesis is not a question, and it is not
a summary of the topics discussed. You should avoid using the first person
voice, avoid sentences like “This paper will show that...” and avoid
asking questions with your thesis. Rather, your thesis should make
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical
- Must end with a short paragraph which includes a
conclusion. The conclusion and thesis must be consistent.
- Your paper must logically develop the thesis in a way
that leads to the conclusion, and that development must be supported by
facts, fully explained concepts or assertions, and persuasive reasoning.
- Must use at least five scholarly resources, including a
minimum of two from the Ashford University Library.
- Must be in your own words. While brief quotes from
sources may be used, altogether the total amount of quoted text must be
less than five percent of the body of your paper.
- When you use someone else's words, they must be
enclosed in quotation marks followed by an APA in-text short citation
(author, year, page number) to your source. The in-text citation must
correspond to a full APA citation for the source on the reference page at
the end of the paper.