Murtaza

Grade 5

Guelph
Ontario

What “Home” Means to Me

All around the world, there are many places and things that every person should have, but the most important is one place that every person should have: a home. Although everyone should have one, a home can mean something different for each person. A house can be a place of rest, a place to play, a place of love, a place to eat, but most importantly, a place of safety and comfort.

In the world, there are over 100 million people without a home. Approximately 1.6 billion people have unsafe housing. This means that some people live in housing conditions which aren’t feasible for a living. To me, a home is a place of peace and love, a safe place to be grateful for. I am thankful for my house because I know that it could be much worse.

Minimum wage workers can’t survive on their pay because the price of proper housing is very high. The rent for a 1-room apartment is anywhere between $500 and $1500 which, for a minimum-wage worker, is very costly.

What I think should be done to prevent homelessness is 1. Build more homeless shelters. 2. The government should spend more money on homeless shelters, so homeless people have better living conditions (better food, better support, etc.). 3. Homeless people need better education so in the future they could potentially get jobs and live their life.

I know that people who are homeless have to go through great deals of hardships. I sincerely hope those who are reading this have no money issues and are living a normal, safe life. I hope that all of you reading this essay have proper and affordable housing.