Poverty Of Detroit

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Poverty of Detroit The city of Detroit: once a city known for excellence and opportunity, now a city of corruption and poverty. Living in Detroit is like a widespread virus of crime and bad doings. People feel forced to break the law to survive, others may not even have the option and must do so to survive. Detroit’s poverty-stricken attribute allows easy connections for gangs and drug dealing to take place. Innocent lives are taken every day and threatened commonly in Detroit. In Have a Little Faith, a man named Henry Covington had a first hand experience of the dangers of Detroit, Michigan. Henry had an itch for drugs and wanted to get his hands on them however he could. He found himself later hiding behind bushes of his home after stealing…show more content…
After his father’s disappearance Henry decided he was going to take whatever he wanted from then on (Albom 41). He quickly became a criminal and started stealing cars and then, using armed robbery. Henry became caught up into this and soon made enemies with others in the neighborhood. Henry was targeted by a gang rival and set up for a murder investigation by the police. He did not commit the crime, but instead of just saying no, Henry tried to make up a story and get cash reward for setting up the rival. For lying he ended up going to jail for seven years. While he was in prison, “Henry saw things he wish he’d never seen” (Albom 61). It seems most people in jail are from poverty related areas. It’s unfortunate how much more likely a man in Detroit is to go to jail than somewhere else with less poverty. When poverty is active in an area, it becomes without much enforcement leading to drug lords and gangs taking over. After getting out of jail Henry tried to live a normal life. He saw his drug-dealing brother “With more hundred bills than he had singles” (Albom 72). Henry was easily influenced by this and started back to his bad…show more content…
He opened up a homeless shelter and it was filled with people defending themselves in the cold (Albom 169). The heat in the church Henry nobody could pay for. A church in Detroit, in the 21st century without heat is unbelievable. A vivid, unforgiving detail in Have a Little Faith, Albom said “It was Christmas in Detroit, but there seemed to be more for sale signs than blinking lights on houses” (Albom 215) Eventually through consistent loyalty to his church, Henry was able to get heat for free and clothes to give out to the homeless. It was a great success for some of the homeless in

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