Homeless people- breaking stereotypes

 

 

There are many misconceptions and beliefs of people’s religions and races, but all societies have a common prejudice and that is related to homeless people.

We can never know how a person got in that situation, but we always assume their story. That is quite incredible but I believe it happened to all of us, no matter how open minded we are or how tolerant we are.

Homeless people are found all around the world. According to the United Nations on Commission on Human Rights, 2005 , there are around 100 million homeless people worldwide.

The most common misconceptions related to homeless people are

1.They are all addicted to drugs and alcohol

2. They are criminals

3. They have mental problems

4. They don’t want to work

 

But the truth is that most of homeless people ( according to kylyssa.squidoo.com) are not addicted to drugs, do not care for criminal acts, do not have mental problems and they do actually want to work.

Most homeless people got where they are due to several problems- lost their jobs  and their families did not care to help them, thus lost their mortgage or the house they rented and ended up on the streets.

 

The problem with these misconceptions is that they stop people from helping them, offering them jobs or giving them a second chance. Companies would not hire them if they don’t have a place to live and land owners would not rent their houses. So how would a homeless person get a chance?

So, today on World Homeless Day let’s think different and help them any way we can.

Here’s a video about homeless stereotypes

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharp Little Pencil
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 07:27:59

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I agree with your point. I hang with the homeless a lot, just getting them inside for something to eat downtown, passing out socks, whatever I can do. I find that there are more with mental health problems that you mention – but they are usually mild, like depression. As a person living with bipolar and PTSD, I am someone they can be themselves with. I’m very “out” with mental disorders and encourage my church members to seek help, trying to destigmatize the illness.

    Thanks so much for your work on behalf of the homeless. I was homeless once, as well. It can happen to anyone in the lower 99%. Blessings, Amy

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