Yasmine Fahmy Professor Biancardi Political scienceJanuary 12 2018Homeless in the United State     What is homeless? How I see  homelessness is that homeless aren’t a social issue. It’s not a research question to be consider. It’s definitely not a type of person someone who ends up on the streets through a series of bad choices or personal flaws. Instead, homelessness mirrors everything that is broken in our society. It reflects our discrimination, our meanness, our lack of sympathy and our views of each other as fellow human beings. The homeless are a vulnerable population in many respects. Those experiencing homelessness not only experience personal and economic trouble  they also frequently face discrimination and exclusion because of their housing status.

Homeless people is an oppressed group within the United States, There are many cases of homelessness. There are those you make their on decision of becoming homeless because they don’t want to be a part of society. These people are usually lacking serious social skills. Then there are those you don’t make the choice of becoming homeless, but are forced to becoming homeless because of economic issues. These are the people that we need to help out financially and some other they don’t want anything but money for their addiction.     Throughout the world for sure it is impossible to count the exact amount of homeless, but it is known to be millions. Every day in cities and towns across the country, men, women, and children dressed in rags walk the streets, often talking to look and begging for money. Most are holding on a  plastic bags or pushing shopping carts filled with personal belongings.

Sometimes they curl up on a bench or in a doorway under filthy blankets or ripped coats. If someone gives them money they may say to you a prayers of blessing and thanks, or stare off into space feeling ignored by efforts to help. These people are called homeless, although they are more than just people without homes. Most people in our society think the dirty, smelling homeless show signs of drug addictions. Others smell like alcohol, which shows their drunkenness. “The homeless people who choose to do such things set a bad example for the other homeless individuals who truly need help.” Some people in society may feel sad when questioned by panhandlers; others feel anger or even fear.

“Although, we must know that different people with different reasons are either at risk of becoming homeless or are just plain homeless. Nevertheless, we must help support and provide for the needy instead of judging them and looking at them and walk away.  Though the overall number of homeless people in the United States has been in a slow decline in recent years, homelessness has risen sharply in larger cities. More than 500,000 people were homeless in the United States at the end of last year, according to a report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (The Atlantic).  As it shows there is a lot of homeless people in the united state and of course  homeless people have a big role in society and of course they are oppressed group because the number of people becoming homeless gets higher and higher as the years go by and also homeless people will see themselves as an oppressed because they feel like no one is paying attention to them and they aren’t getting any help but they’re actually allot that they can do instead of begging for money.

      Society would see that homeless people are a oppressed group become they see them that they are not working or doing anything to help themselves. Homeless people are like everyone else they have to work hard to get what they want instead of walking around in the streets begging for money.  I know it’s hard for some of them to get a job or a place to stay in but they have to try harder. For me sometimes I just don’t want money to every homeless that is see don’t want to give money to a homeless and then he or she takes it and spended on drugs or alcohol I know not all of them are the same but if they actually work hard and earn their own money they can do with it whatever they want. I’m not a heartless shell of a person. I do understand that a sandwich can save a life. I don’t like to give cash for the reasons stated above, but I’m not going to ignore someone knocking on Death’s door.

 You and I have jobs. We work and probably work very hard. We put in the time and we get paid for it. That is called fair exchange. In our current society, right or wrong, we have to exchange a product or service for money. That’s the game and that’s how it works. Like Ignite Living says There are resources everywhere. Free libraries with free internet, cheap clothing at Goodwill and Value Village, places to stay for cheap or free, government programs to help the list goes on.

One thing is certain, homelessness is not incurable. And the biggest part of the cure is not waiting for handouts, but deciding the condition one is in must change and taking advantage of the resources available. I totally agree with that homeless people have many opportunities and ways that they can help themselves. There should be no excuses for able-bodied single men and women. If they are capable of working, they should be required to do so. It is good for them it builds self-respect and helps them become responsible and be able to live on their own , independent adults and part of the ordinary. And it would be good for society, by lowering the cost to taxpayers of housing and feeding people who, with the proper support, could be living on their own.

  In The New York Times it shows that in a study of men arriving at the Franklin Avenue shelter in the South Bronx, the anthropologist Kostas Gounis of Columbia University found that the vast majority had recently held jobs. Only 1 percent said they had never been employed, and 70 percent had been employed within the last year. Seventy-five percent of the men surveyed said they were addicted to drugs or alcohol. #25% of Homeless Are Employed Peter Smith, director of the Partnership for the Homeless, a New York-based advocacy group, found in a survey of homeless men and women in 24 cities that, on average, 25 to 30 percent were actually employed while they were homeless. People addicted to crack, a concentrated form of cocaine, typically spend at least $200 a day for the drug, and heroin addicts spend about $150 a day, said Kenneth Martin, program director at McKenna House in Washington, a residential program that helps homeless men re-enter society. Personal experience once I had a sandwich that I didn’t need so I saw this homeless say money for food please so I gave him the sandwich and then he said do you also have some change.

Most of the homeless people on the streets they need the money for things that is not getting them any better it’s going to cause things that’s gonna make them beg for more money for example if they got addicted to drugs then they will ask for more and more money that way they will not be helping to do any better and they studies shows that too.    In conclusion, homelessness is a big issue in the United States and homeless is an oppressed group because research has shown that homelessness cannot be defined by one cause. The issue contains a complex mixture of societal and individual causes. Individual causes of homelessness impacts a substantial percentage of the population with afflictions such as mental illness and addiction. We can help others, but we need to make sure that we’re helping the right people.

If we help the wrong people, then more people will become homeless, but if we help the right people, then we can clear the streets of the homeless. 


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