‘Treat others the way you want to be treated’ has been etched into our brains since grade school and yet, somehow many people have forgotten this golden rule. As we pass the poor on the streets, do we stop to take a second look? Or do we keep walking, because we know we’ll never see them again. Around the world, people beg for food or money due to losing their job or home. The highest population of homeless people on our earth resides in Budapest, Hungary.
More people suffer from homelessness than we realize. We often take for granted having a home to go to. I completely agree with Anna about her feelings on homelessness. I often see the homeless on the side of the road and I normally refer to them as homeless people but what I fail to realize is, that “homeless person” has a name, that “homeless guy” is a human being just like the rest of us longing for certainty, stability and privacy. Those “homeless people” are human beings without a home.
What happened that they ended living on the streets? ... When I decided to major in Social Work I had a passion to learn, help and work with the homeless. But, then I realize that is not only “helping” it’s providing them with the proper resources that they need assistance with and also making sure they want the assistance. Many of the homeless who live in the street suffer from addictions and mental disorders which can probably be one of the reasons why is somewhat difficult to help them.
Homelessness is one the most ignored problems in the United States with citizen and politician. Homeless people are walked by and ignored. Nobody ever thinks that they will be homeless. Due to the economy, people live paycheck to paycheck making house payments very difficult. Most people will want to believe most homeless people are drug addicts or alcoholics, but most people will be surprise to know that it is no all true.
Amy Taxin and Geoff Mulvihill’s blatantly titled article “Don't help the homeless, critics say - it hurts them” works as a counter to my claim. The article describes how the good intentions and actions, such as camps and free resources (toilet paper, showers, etc.) only enable and prevent the homeless from a desire to move. Logos helps to develop the claim.
New York City is seen as a beautiful place to visit but the reality is there’s an ugly side to the city and it’s known as homelessness. In New York it is so common to see a homeless person in the train station or on a train and on the streets sleeping. This problem has been increasing ever since the Great Depression and we need to do something to decrease the number of this population and put a full stop to it. The majority of the New Yorkers just walk past them and instead of giving them left overs they decide to throw out the food and keep moving. Not only are these people suffering due to hunger, extremely poor hygiene and inhumane living conditions but they are also victims of assault and discrimination.
A constant cause of homelessness is alcohol and drug abuse, a study done in 1989 revealed that 33-38 percent of homeless are alcoholic and 13-15 percent are drug abusers with those percentages rising throughout the years (Parsell.) There is a distinction between enabling and helping. When one helps another, they are doing something which the other individual can not do on their own, where as enabling one is to do something for the individual which they can do on their own. So instead of aiding the homeless feed some of the addictions by giving the money that they can use to buy their addiction and that lead them to the situation they find themselves in, upper class Americans should manage their money for the welfare of the lower class, just as parents disburse their money for the benefit of the children without actually allowing the kids get their hands on the
In conclusion, where are the state funds to assist the homeless? Why are just focusing on the people who are violating the rules and regulations in the society, not on those who indeed need help and want help. The state should build in involvement and work with the county; the numbers of the homeless could come down and maybe help them find jobs and homes, which they can call their
People that are homeless or become homeless today, experience so much they are not sure what to do because they think they do not have help from anyone or somewhere to sleep. Adults are not the only people that become homeless, teenagers become homeless as well because before they turn 18 some will run away from home at least one time. While these people are sitting on the street, they experience numerous things such as abuse from other people, drugs, unemployment or not able to find a job, etc. Everyday when people drive or walk by someone thats is homeless, glancing at their sign reading what it says to make them feel sad for them. However, by doing something small for them makes an impact in someone else’s eyes.
last time I saw a homeless man asking me for money, and I would ask myself weather to give him money, but then I would not know what he would use it for, maybe he would spend it on alcohol, cigar, or even drugs. so instead of giving him money, I bought him food and water. Yes, there are homeless people that take your money and go back to alcoholism and drugs, and it makes no improvement to our society, especially
I remember being a little kid and whenever my family and I would see a homeless person with a sign my parents would say, “Don’t make eye contact,” or “They probably don’t even have a problem, they’re just begging.” I remember when I made my dad buy a woman and her children McDonalds because she had a sign about having no money for food and she had no home and I felt bad for her kids. I remember my dad giving her the McDonalds and her saying to my dad, “I’d rather just have the money.” That’s when I stopped feeling sympathetic towards the poor and homeless. That’s when I decided if they wanted to be out of poverty then they could work for it
In all fairness, I had those same ideas too. Many people have driven or walked past a group of homeless people and ignored them or gone out of their way to not make contact. It’s just part of our culture. Homeless people are shunned and looked down upon. Over time, the word homeless has taken on a very negative connotation, and those labels such as, criminal, lazy and addict have taken over our perception of who homeless people are.
Or maybe they have always been struggling with money and they just lost their house to the bank and their was no where else for them to go and their families maybe lived far away from them and maybe that’s why they ask for rides so that they can go see them, there are so many ways people can become homeless you just don’t know their story on how they became that way. Canada gives out free medical attention to the homeless and a thousand dollars a month for welfare benefits, but most of them can’t get into another state if they are half way across the country. But sometimes when they ask for money they might not use it for food they would probably use it for a bus right to get closer to Canada or where ever they are going.
It is a large complex ongoing societal problem throughout communities that no one can stop. All societies have homeless people and, on the contrary, all have rich people; It is just how a society works. In my eyes, the richer of society are much more appreciated than the homeless. Because the people with money can afford to pay for housing, living, and nice things, society favors them and pushes aside the homeless. I do believe that if society took more notice of homeless people the situation could change.