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It is no wonder that most big cities have an increase in homeless

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It is no wonder that most big cities have an increase in homeless people. As a result of middle- and high-income people’s renovating and settling in the low-rent areas of cities, property values have skyrocketed beyond the means of those who once lived there. If the city could decrease rent levels to previous levels, then the problem of homelessness would be virtually eliminated.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the claim that low-income housing solves the problem of homelessness?

A. Homelessness was a problem before low-rent areas became gentrified.
B. Homeless people are eager to find affordable housing.
C. The renovation of the low-rent areas has created more jobs and therefore more income for low- income city inhabitants.
D. Some homeless people cannot afford to pay for low-income housing.
E. Jobs and training are already available to the homeless through county job service programs.

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Can anybody share an explanation of the answer?


Sure. The statement tells us that high income and medium income people are moving into low income areas and renovating them. This causes the property values of low income areas to become un-affordable for low income people. The argument assumes that these low income people have become homeless,which may not be true as they could have moved to different locations as well. So inorder to weaken the statement we must look for the option that tells us that the problem of homelessness is not caused by the people moving to the low income areas. Thus, the option A tells us that homelessness was a problem even before gentrification(People moving into low income areas) started.So even if we decreased the rent levels, the people who were homeless before would still be homeless.

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Could someone please explain Why is option D incorrect?

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Could someone please explain Why is option D incorrect?

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The "will be virtually eliminated " part of the conclusion can still hold true with the "some" part of option D. That's why D is incorrect.
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It is no wonder that most big cities have an increase in homeless people. >>>> As a result of middle- and high-income people’s renovating and settling in the low-rent areas of cities, property values have skyrocketed beyond the means of those who once lived there. >>>> If the city could decrease rent levels to previous levels, then the problem of homelessness would be virtually eliminated.

In simple terms, if we can decrease the rent in this area then we can virtually eliminate the problem of homelessness. This bring us to the assumption this reasoning is making. that is the above given situation is the reason why this problem has been at the first place. lets think on these lines ant start POE.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the claim that low-income housing solves the problem of homelessness?

A. Homelessness was a problem before low-rent areas became gentrified. --- On the lines of pre-thinking. but lets divulge in deep. So the first statement of the argument is on same lines. which is saying the increase in homeless people. which means that even for less extant, this problem was present.
B. Homeless people are eager to find affordable housing. --- Their eagerness has nothing to do with the situation.
C. The renovation of the low-rent areas has created more jobs and therefore more income for low- income city inhabitants. --- Is this choice is saying that these jobs are for homeless people? Well this choice is over all too broad. Usually such type of scope fall out of the range we want. Reason is that we have to make many assumptions for this choice to be true.
D. Some homeless people cannot afford to pay for low-income housing. ---- May be its a true inference but it is not make any affect here.
E. Jobs and training are already available to the homeless through county job service programs. --- This one is tempting. we will decrease the situation. but will it virtually eliminate it.

A is the best of the lot.
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