Theories Of Homelessness

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The homeless require help to get out of the situations they are in, but often people do not offer help because they attach negative symbols to the homeless. The social interactionist theory tries to understand how society views the homeless and how the homeless view themselves, based on the symbols that are projected onto homeless people. During the 1970s Madison Square Garden was filled with homeless people. Rising rents caused many people to lose their homes and apartments and to join the homeless community. Dozens of homeless women lived in the public restrooms as an attempt to escape the harsh weather. They slept in the bathroom stalls, and bathed and washed their clothes in the sinks. Homeless people can find it hard to receive help, because
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