Even some law enforcement, who are leaders in the community show no compassion or empathy towards homeless individuals. The people who are depended on for the safety of the community are being ruthless towards homeless people in the community. Homeless people in this case are very vulnerable. Money should not define a person, but it comes to show that money sadly, does to have a tremendous impact on how a person is treated. Veterans coming home from war to live on the streets is unfair and inhumane.
Tyler Mai Fletcher ELA Period 5 February 21, 2014 Housing the Homeless (Rough Draft) Homelessness around the world has risen. An abundance of men, women, and even children are homeless and sleeping on the streets. Citizens often feel sorry for these people and want to help them out and put them into a community shelter so they can be safe but couldn’t because of the lack of shelters nearby. Let’s say that you went to work one day to find that the company you are working for is shutting down. You lost your job and you are losing money and is forced to sell your home.
A small percentage of the homeless ask or beg for money and food, but when they do most people drive by like they do not see them. Certain people fear the homeless because they do not live or act the same way as they do. Countless homeless feel humiliated because of they way society acts towards them. Works Cited Anawim Christian Community. "How Are the Homeless Dehumanized?
They target specific groups so they know they can get money out of them easily instead of having to work for it. Homeless people are lazy to get jobs unless they are handed it so they would just sit down on their butts and do nothing until an opportunity comes to them. Homeless people are lazy and don’t want to work for themselves and have to get others to do their work for them because we think they are useless and therefore won’t do anything. There are many other cases of why the homeless are homeless like domestic violence, mental illness, addictions, and unaffordable health care. Homelessness is a problem which has been caused by many different aspects but mainly money because of massive unemployment rates.
This project conducted by Donley and Jackson took in 30 homeless men in the area and interviewed them individually to see how they downplay being homeless and if it is possible to feel welcome in certain communities (2011). The homeless interviewed said to want to have a clean appearance and want to fit it in but it is difficult especially in urban areas were gentrification is taking place. Furthermore, limited resources in those urban areas makes it difficult for the poor to have a clean appearance. All the men interview said they were well aware that their homeless status kept them alienated from the rest of the population. Many mention that they tried downplaying their homeless status in order not to get arrested for petty crimes, for example, dumpster diving or simply sitting on the sidewalks (2011).
Homelessness is everywhere, it is not a new trend and is a growing problem. Many people ask themselves should I help the homeless or not; it is easier to just ignore the problem than to give a helping hand. Every person needs help at one point or another in their life and homeless people should be no different. Assisting the homeless with healthcare, housing, and childcare are ways people are able to and should help the homeless. Many homeless people do not have access to healthcare and they go many years without seeing a doctor.
(NLCHP) The crimes that these people are committing are necessary to keep them alive. These crimes include sleeping, eating, and panhandling. Making it illegal to perform necessary daily activities in public when homeless people have no where else to go makes it impossible for homeless people to avoid violating the law. (NLCHP) Another myth about homeless people is that they do not work and that they get their money from public assistance programs. A study done in Chicago discovered that ?39% of homeless people interviewed had worked for some time during the previous month?.
We all think that they aren’t normal and should find a shelter to get help. Finally, Americans always look over the fact that they need help, but we shouldn’t go to drastic measures to help them. I will pass hundreds of homeless people, and helping them will never even cross my mind. Sometimes I won’t even notice them when I walk past where they are sleeping. A lot of people are too selfish to help a person in need.
Just because one homeless person has committed a crime or used the money he has collected on things such as alcohol or drugs does not mean that every homeless person is going to be like that. Many homeless people are Vietnam veterans, have a mental illness, or cannot survive in this economy which we are in. I have had a few experiences with homeless people but there is one which is unforgettable. It is much like when Nathaniel Ayres begins yelling at Mr. Lopez then proceeds to apologize later on (Lopez, 258). Most homeless people do not receive aid from the government or do not receive enough aid which is why they resort to panhandling.
Contrary to societies common perception on shelters, there has been extensive research showing that living in a homeless shelter does not necessarily create a positive environment for homeless people. In fact, many homeless men and women are deterred from living in a shelter. According to a study conducted by Elizabeth Lindsey (1998) on family relationships and shelter life in American homeless shelters, "all mothers studied complained that shelter conditions such as shelter rules and behavioral expectations hurt family relationships…some found that other residents interfered with their parenting…and sanitary conditions were a concern for their children” (Lindsey 246-248). Similar recent results in interviews conducted by Daya and Wilkins (2013) in men’s homeless shelters in Cape Town, South Africa show that shelters lacked, “privacy, not just from the disciplining gaze of the staff but also from close contact with other residents” (Daya and Wilkins 11). This lack of privacy along with the sense of shame on drinking and lack of shared identity with the other men of the shelter caused most men to feel as if they were “outsiders”, even within the shelter.