Stereotypes Of Homelessness

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Homelessness in America has become a traumatic way of life for so many over the past decade and has changed tremendously since the Great Depression. During those times, many of the homeless were either elderly or white and now you will find homelessness doesn’t discriminate and that it can consist of any race, age or gender. What is homelessness? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “a homeless person is defined as an individual who lacks housing (without regard to whether the individual is a member of a family). Including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (e.g., shelters). That provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident…show more content…
But that is not always true it could be because of job loss, death of a life partner, child, close relative, or even because of severe disability. “A survey of families that have a member in jail or prison has found that nearly two-thirds struggle to meet their basic needs, including 50 percent that are unable to afford sufficient food and adequate housing”(Williams 10). In Order to help the homeless people should first understand why they are homeless and get rid of the stereotypes that are behind the meaning of homelessness. Individuals should all live by the saying “Treat others the way you want to be treated”. Again, connecting these individuals with the right resources and services, we can help end…show more content…
"The thing about kids who have really troublesome home lives, not just with homelessness but other things, too is that they have this defeated look on their faces, because they're trying, and it's not working," Lyndsey said. "They're tired and they're hungry, and it's stressful, because they don't know where they're going after school (Brown 3). "Homeless children are more likely to be diagnosed with learning disabilities they are more likely to miss school and change schools, and are more likely to drop out of school than other children and score lower on standardized tests”(Brown 6). "The boys are more affected by this more than girls because they are taught different. “Boys get a message from a very young age to be a man, and to be a man means you're strong and you don't cry and you don't show your emotions," smith said. "I see boys suffering because of that, and a lot of that comes out in aggressive behaviors"(Miller
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