Perception Of Homelessness

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“Altering the Perception of Homelessness” In the United States, homelessness affects more than 3.5 million people each year (PBS, sec. 3). These people, including; children, families, babies, veterans, and the elderly live continually without the proper necessities for living. When seeing a person roadside begging for money for food, is the automatic assumption that he or she is attempting to collect money to continually contribute to a bad habit? Was he or she too lazy to obtain a job and work for this money? Being torn between supporting the homeless and encouraging the lifestyle is something most American’s struggle with mentally, when contemplating whether to help or not. This leads to the perception of homeless people being negative. The…show more content…
According to an article titled, “It’s now Illegal to be Homeless”, the homeless are shipped out to a camp where they are required to live, to maintain a safe city enviornment for the people. A company called, Food Not Bombs tries to help the camps out but must wait fifteen days and pay at least $120 to obtain a free picnic for the homeless (, par. 2). This causes an issue to reach out and help the homeless. How is it possible to be illegal to be homeless, as long as a person is not bothering others. Changing the perspective of how people see the homeless will deliver many solutions, not including a camp on the outskirts of…show more content…
The homeless need more than basc necessties to return back to their normal lives. Children, adults, and the elderly all need a place to start in life, and bringing them back to their feet would not only benefit their health but the economies health also. There are many proposed ideas to help the homeless and economy, but two specific examples exceeded the limits of what needs to be done for help. In the article by, number two and three stood out. 2. “Educate yourself about the homeless - A homeless person may be someone who lost their job, a runaway child, or someone with a mental illness. One of the first steps in helping people is to see them as individuals and to find out what they need. Notice them; talk to them. Most are starved for attention. 3. Respect the homeless as individuals - Give the homeless people the same courtesy and respect you would accord your friends, your family, your employer. Treat them as you would wish to be treated if you needed assistance.” (, sec. 1) This is what America needs, education. The monetary part of homeless is not the main issue, it’s the education that lacks,
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