I became homeless while I was a struggling college student, thanks to having young irresponsible roommates, and the fact that I became ill. I didn't tell my family that I had lost my apartment, so I ventured onto the street, to see if I could handle what I had only seen from afar. It opened my eyes to alot of what I had just assumed. Most of the people I met were ill equipped for the demands of society, but there were a few people who really did fit the image of what the main stream media is trying to push. They were the homeless who really were, like me, experiencing a chain of unfortunate events in their lives, that eventually landed them on the streets. Like "Don" a fifty year old white male, who became homeless because he lost his job of 20 years, due to technology. He also had no family that he could turn to, because of his sexual preference. Then there were the few farmers that I met, who had been forced out of business, because of the big conglomerate farms.
But most of the people who I saw daily were people with psychological, and substance abuse issues. And then there were the people who were extremely immature and lazy, not having the ability to realize what was expected of them as adults in society, they became perpetual street people.