Facts vs. Myths about Homeless People

Life and Reality

Too many people, adults none the less, don't understand the homeless situation and what is actually happening. Too many people think that people are living in the streets by choice, because they want to.

This is to help dispel the myths perpetrated to make us believe that it's okay to leave our neighbours struggling in the streets because they want to be there. We have been lead to believe It's okay to turn a blind eye when you walk by a panhandler, someone sleeping in a doorway, someone who is sitting on the street with desperation in their eyes. It is not okay.

Paraphrased from a booklet put out by the Lions Club to help children understand the realities of homelessness, it is information that we all need to hear so we understand the actual reality and impact of the homeless situation in our world today.

Homeless Become Helpless Quickly

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Your Say

Do you believe most homeless people are homeless by choice?

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We, as a human race of caring people, have a social responsibility to help those among us who need the help that the governments won't give. Those people living in the streets were taxpayers; they supported the economic and social service system when they were working and had an income. Alas, when they need the help from those services they paid into, the system fails them resulting in their lives falling apart and no one seems to care. They lived in homes, have children, families, lives, a past; they are like you and I, they've just had the rug pulled out from under them. It's time to understand it can happen to anyone.

Become informed, don't be swayed by bad information that says 3 to 4 million people in the USA want to be homeless. That is the most ridiculous concept in the world; do you honestly believe in your heart that 3 to 4 million people are choosing to live in cars with their children, on streets, in parks, tent cities or shelters? Please! Let's all start realizing that a homeless crisis is in our midst and we need to take action.

Take Action

There are several ways to take action, writing to your government representatives and demanding your tax dollars be spent on helping the homeless with long term solutions is one way. Supporting programs like Woodwynn Farms Therapeutic Community or San Patrignaon is another way. If you do a little research in your area I guarantee there's an organization helping the homeless looking for volunteers.

Homelessness needs to stop and the homeless people of our world need to be respected and helped because they are part of the human race.

Thank you for taking a minute to watch I hope you are affected enough to take action against homelessness.

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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

American; FOX is going to chose their interviewees according to the point of view they want you to see; this kind of reporting is what causes the problems of ignorance and misconceptions of the homeless situation in the first place.

Everyone's story of how and why they are on the street is as individual as they are and should not be judged. It is an epidemic and those who want to get off the street shouldn't have to be there in the first place. I don't know what the answer is exactly but I believe therapeutic communities on farms should be supported. This is a topic that needs to continue to be discussed so thank you all for having an honest discussion.


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

I met once a person like you American Romance, He was doing the same thing, mocking those that he knew nothing about. He ended up killing himself after loosing everything. He was too embarrassed to ask for help or assistance.

God has a very funny way of opening one's eyes. It does not matter if you believe me or not, the emotional scars of my children are enough for me.


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akeejaho 4 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

I have to jump in here American Romance. What you did was an act of kindness, which you have erased with your cold hearted words. How you could buy someone a 25 dollar gift card and erase that with words like CRAZY, and dumb-bastard is totally beyond me. If you did this out of pity, you have done yourself a dis-service and the individual as well. Acts of kindness are just that. Things done by decent people for individuals who are less fortunate than themselves. Perhaps this man is mentally ill. Perhaps he has a paranoia, or may suffer from a gambit of mental illnesses that we can little imagine. What ever reason he chooses to live like this is little helped by your judgmental, and in my opinion, rude and cruel words towards him, and people like him.

Your actions are kind and loving, but your words are harsh and mean. your God is looking down and seeing this and into your soul. I truly hope He is not as judgmental upon you as you have been upon this unfortunate individual. Sorry, but I call them as I see them. So does the creator who is looking at you this very moment.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

I just went and googled how to get on welfare..........pretty easy if you ask me! Basicaly one has to commit to trying to do better on paper! Free healthcare, free daycare, money for school, money for home, and medical...............again I don't get it!


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

anance, I know of one family that made a nice living etc. He got a bone disorder and became helpless, the government would not help them because his pay stubbs said he used to make too much money. They lost their home etc. and moved in with relatives.

Over $600,000 dollars worth of welfare cards were cashed in Las Vegas last year, over $400,000 thousand were cashed in Hawai, Last night on FOX they interveiwed men collecting their checks that were perfectly healthy and openly said they didn't want a job. Again 67 MILLION are taking home on average $34000. dollars per year in entitlement programs! Hud housing is everywhere! I see food stamps used in grocery stores daily! I see free food given from churches weekly! I see help on every corner!....................Your story doesn't add up! I'm not saying your lieing, I'm just saying something isn't right!

True story, after reading this hub I approached a homeless man I see every saturday morning at Whataburger, He told me he owned a house with no running water or electricity and comes to the whataburger to wash up in the bathroom. (ok technicaly hes not homeless) anyway when I pushed him to tell me his situation he stated he was afraid of the government and didn't want his name on anything official, hence the reason no water or electric....................hes crazy and chooses to live like he does........I bought him a $25 dollar gift card so he could eat and left...........why did I buy the card?..cause the dumbbasterd is CRAZY and needed some help I suppose!


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

glassvisgae: I hope the facts help to stop the fear factor that society has towards homeless people. Thanks for reading, glad you found the hub insightful.


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glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

Thank you for sharing this Hub. Sometimes homeless people choose to be so, but this is not always the case. People may not understand because they turn their head the other way, but some may be willing to help if they learn the facts and realize what they can do. Thanks for sharing this insight.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

ananceleste; thank you for informing all of us of the reality of dealing with the government as someone who is fighting for the survival of a family not just oneself. It takes someone's personal experience shared to fully understand the systems that have been put in place to work for those who fit into a nice preconceived notion of who will need the services. The governments don't seem to care about helping to fix the problem of homelessness...


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

akeejaho; I haven't heard of Camp Serenity before but if it's to help those in need that government is letting fend for themselves it is a great idea and should be supported. Thanks for sharing that information.


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

American Romance; I am glad that you have no clue what it is to ask for help from a government that really does not care about their citizens.I do. Did you know that the waiting list for section 8 is seven years, if you are working? That subsidized rent is another five year wait?

Did you know, that the medical care that a person with medical is just a basic physical? That a family of 5 have to make ends meet with less than $600 in food stamps, and $689 a month cash??????

That the basic rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is around $1,200? With a salary of less than 1,000 dollars a month, if you are lucky.

That is with a person that has no job, imagine those that are disabled, sick ect. The rules do not change. The treatment does not change.

There are few people that can really relate to this, because they lived it! I did. And after 3 years of being homeless with my children for 11 months, I still sleep in the living floor room in a sleeping bag so my children can sleep in the only room that I can afford.

I am the sole care giver to 3 disabled family members, my husband, my daughter and my grandmother with severe Alzheimer. I was a nurse, and lab. Technician until my lupus and fibromialgia starting to aggravating my seizures. SO after trying to find a better job , I lost every thing. The goverment did zilch for us. I am still fighting to collect my husbands SSI , after YEARS. If you want to know what being homeless is all about, ask me.

http://ananceleste.hubpages.com/hub/Being-Homeless...


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akeejaho 4 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

That is what my dream of Camp Serenity is all about. Helping our men and woman of the armed services to deal with life in a place of peace. Helping those with PTSD. Our dream was of one in each state, possibly towns all over the US there to help what I believe will be an epidemic if no one lifts a finger to help. The VA will have it's hands full.

However, PTSD is not for just those who have served. There are many in this country who have had traumatic things occur in their lives and have know where to turn, an in some cases, don't even know what ails them.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

John: thanks, it's such a small amount of my time and such a big problem, it seems overwhelming, but it's needs to be put out there.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great eye say. And furthermore, I think it's real human of you to devote your time calling attention to the plight of the homeless...we need more individuals like you in this world - for sure!

Take care

John


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

John; Thanks for clearing up what the government basis it's support on. There is a type of therapeutic community trying emerge in North America to help the homeless and I believe there should be at least one outside of every major city worldwide. It's respectful and helps people get off the street permanently; it takes 4 years to get through the program, but the success rate is 70%. I've written a hub http://hubpages.com/politics/Woodwynn-Farms-a-Ther... that explains the concept and support that is needed to get this and other communities like this up and running. Long term help is the only real solution ...


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

billybuc; thank you for sharing what you learned from living on the street; "I gained enough empathy to never again judge others who are homeless" ... a powerful statement, that let's the rest of us know it wasn't enjoyable being homeless; and that's important for people to understand.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

American Romance: The reality is that more people are ending up on the streets than services available. The government neglects to tell the public when they can't provide services because the public will demand more money be put into providing the help actually needed. They know the facts. They know how many people are homeless and not being helped; they are counting on the rest of the country not caring enough to demand the homeless of our society are taken care of. They were taxpayers or children of taxpayers; they all deserve better.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

Marc; thanks for sharing your personal experience of being homeless for a few months; hard to believe someone as well written as you are ever experienced "the feeling of being outcast and useless is one that is hard to shake". Sharing that is hard but so helpful as a reality check for the rest of us. So glad you found a place to call home. Thanks for shring this info needs to be out there.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Awesome article. A close relative of mine works for Social Security and says that people can get government aid (money, food stamps, etc) once they declare themselves homeless. However, if you have a drug/alcohol history the government won't give a dime because, they think you'll use it for the above aforementioned. All said, if you're in egregious conditions, then you can always go to food kitchens/shelters and get help there. Furthermore, even if our government gives an individual aid, it's most likely not enough so support oneself with the high cost of living these days....

Great article - voted up

John


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I was homeless for only a week but in that week I gained enough empathy to never again judge others who are homeless. Beautiful hub!


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

How can someone be homeless in a country that gives 67 million welfare?........something doesn't add up to the argument these people do not choose to stay homeless! I realize there are FEW instances where people get homeless for a while, but our government will give anyone homes, food, medicine, you name it!


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

A great, compassionate post! Well written and presented! voted, shared, etc.

Where I live there is no homelessness, and no homeless shelters since nobody would use them - but i am in a town of 40 thousand souls, with major firms hiring large numbers of people.

I just wish this were the same everywhere else! I was homeless once for a few months and the feeling of being outcast and useless is one that is hard to shake.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

ananceleste; please share away, I'm writing hoping to affect change, and thank you, still more to come ...


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

I am very proud of you eye say! Very.

You have taken a proactive attitude to help others that cant speak for themselves. With your permission I would like to share your hubs to my facebook page.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

akeejaho; very good point, this needs to be dealt with quickly, it already feels too late; thanks for your input.


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akeejaho 4 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

What is even worse, there are many Veteran's who are homeless. I can't help but wonder if the troops coming home soon from the horrors of war will not add to these numbers.

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