Stereotypes Of Homelessness

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Homelessness has been a growing problem in America as well as in the entire world. There are millions upon millions of people experiencing homelessness. There are many groups and organizations that have been made specifically to combat homelessness. Homelessness has been a large problem everywhere in the world since the dawn of man. Homelessness is a condition, it is the condition of a person who does not have a regular dwelling. In the United States alone, there are at least two and a half million homeless children (http://go.galegroup.com). There are many, many more than just 2.5 million in the entire world, however. The last global survey was by the United Nations in 2005. It found that there are over 100 million homeless …show more content…
This is not true in any way, shape, or form. This stereotype is one of the worst ones because it can cause people to fear those that are homeless when they really do not have anything to fear. There are homeless people that have committed crimes, but these crimes are mainly things like sleeping in public. The homeless people really don 't have anywhere to sleep so they have no choice but to sleep in public. They get arrested for it and are then seen as terrible criminals. Another thing people believe are that all homeless people are drug addicts or alcoholics. This is definitely not true as many of the homeless are not either of these things. This stereotype makes it very hard for a homeless person. It makes it harder for them to do anything such as get a job. People will not want to hire a homeless person because they think they are lazy or drug addicts. This even applies to some of the homeless shelters because they will put the homeless people in substance abuse counseling even if they have no addictions whatsoever. The stereotype that homeless people are lazy is probably the main one of them all. Homeless people without jobs did not lose their jobs by choice. Some of them lost their jobs because of a company shut down or some other thing that they have no control over. Once they lost their job they can no longer pay the money for their house and they eventually lose it. This causes them to be homeless through no fault of their own. Homeless people that have jobs simply do not earn enough money to rent a house or to even qualify to rent a house. Homeless people live very hard lives and the stereotypes people put them under only make it worse for

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