Political Participation Project: Homelessness Several structural and economic factors were responsible for the growth of homelessness in America. Economically, during the Reagan administration, the state began a movement toward neo-liberalism, which inevitably created an enormous gap between the wealthy and the impoverished (Wolch, Dear and Akita 446). Public expenditures on welfare and other service-related programs decreased. Simultaneously, the middle-class began to lose employment through deindustrialization. Finally, the development of deinstitutionalization left many people who are in need of constant medical attention without a home or services to help them. Though the wealthy prospered, the middle-class and poor became destitute....The end:
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