Helping the Homeless Essay – Free Examples

Example #1 – Should We Help the Homeless

Helping the Homeless?

Coming home to a warm bed, with food, water, and resources is taken for granted by most people in America. What if all of that was suddenly snatched from you forcing you and possibly your family out to the streets with everything you own on your back. This might not even graze your mind that this could be a possibility, but this is a reality for over 100 million people worldwide. With the downturn of the economy, and many natural disasters occurring this number is continuing to grow to put many more people out on the streets.

This is an unsafe environment for people to live in not only adults are affected by this but many kids are growing up without homes and proper care. There need to be changed in our system to help aid these less fortunate people, providing affordable housing, or giving them financial aid wouldn’t solve this problem completely, but it would be a start to helping millions of people get the help they deserve.

The first reason that we should help homeless people is that The United States is wealthy enough to afford it. In our country we believe in unity, and that we’re only as strong as our weakest citizen. The United States is one of the top economic powers in the world.

Our government should be able to provide aid for these homeless citizens. We are currently wasting millions of dollars in flawed programs that don’t benefit our country. These wasted dollars could be spent more productively, perhaps giving financial aid to people who have nothing. There are millions of our own people in critical poverty conditions, or out on the streets who are in need of this help.

The United States is currently the third most affluent nation with a per capita gross domestic product GDP of $45,511. We also have one of the largest rich-poor gaps of any high-income nation today. This means that the rich just keep getting rich and the poor poorer, leading to an increase in poverty and a struggle to gain wealth for people who need it. Our nation is currently trying to tax the more wealthy citizens in our country to fix this problem, but many people find ways to malinger out of paying money for their larger houses.

This only increases the gap more, and makes it more difficult for homeless people to obtain a stable home, and stay out of poverty. Our country is stable enough and wealthy enough to help these millions of struggling citizens. “United We Stand”, should really come to play for these people in need.

Another reason we should try and make an effort to help the homeless is millions of people are struggling nationwide. Whether you know it or not it could be the people you care about; your friends and family, who are in crucial need of help. The recent downturn of the economy has affected us all as a country; it has led to 260,000 people nationally whose jobs have been cut, and homes who have been evicted.

Not only have wages stagnated over the last two decades, but also job stability and job security have deteriorated. One measure of job stability, involuntary job loss, has increased in recent years. The economy has lost nearly six million jobs since the recession began in December 2007.

Household Survey reports that the unemployment rate increased from 8.9% to 9.5% in June 2009, which according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics added over three-quarters of a million workers to the unemployed list. Additionally, people are falling victim to long term unemployment at greater rates. The number of people out of work for 27 weeks or more is approximately 4.4 million (3 in 10 unemployed workers). The workforce dropped from 155.1 million in May to 154.9 million in June.

These losses in jobs have contributed heavily to the increase in homeless people. These people need help getting back on their feet and providing education and job placement programs in your community to help those who are homeless to become productive members of society. Some people who are homeless can benefit…

 

Example #2

Do you know how many people there are in the world with no home or money? There are millions and millions of homeless people in the world, and I want to help put a stop to it. I feel strongly about this because I grew up in Thailand when I was younger and seeing all these homeless people really impacted my life and how I thought about people.

The three best ways that people can help the homeless are to help build shelters so that they are safe at night, to donate food so they don’t go hungry and die, and to donate money so that they can afford food and clothes.

There are several ways to help the homeless, one is to help the organizations, that help to homeless, is to donate money to them so they can keep helping the homeless. Or actually go with the organization and build the shelter with them. Maybe, in your opinion, this isn’t the best way to help.

But I think donating food for the homeless is the most important thing you can do. Donating food to the homeless is important because it makes so that they don’t go hungry and die. It is one of the most important things you can do because without food they don’t get nutrition and won’t be able to grow, mentally or physically. And if people don’t have enough food, they will starve, and eventually, die.

When I lived in Thailand, every time my family and I went to McDonald’s, Burger King, or any other fast-food restaurant we would buy an extra meal for a 12-year-old kid that sat at the same light post every day for 2 years. And every time we gave him food, he would be so happy. It just made me feel amazing being able to make someone, living the life that they did, feel so happy. And I know my parents and siblings felt the same way.

And I know that anyone else who helps the homeless will also get the same feeling. But you don’t have to only donate in person, there are hundreds of organizations that help the homeless, poor, neglected members of our society. And in my opinion, everyone has to do what they can to help. Something that Kyle Tyrrel said “Seeing a homeless person begging out in the cold, steam escaping their mouths as they ask for money, touches something primal within me.

They are alive in the same way I am.” What he is saying in this is that they breathe, just like your breath. They need to eat, just like you need to eat. And they are people, just like you. Donating money to homeless people is important because it makes them so that they can afford food and clothes. This is important because some people wear the same clothes and never have money for new ones.

When I was younger and I lived in Thailand I put money in donation boxes or gave to homeless people themselves whenever my family and I went to the Mall or to get dinner. I would do this all the time because I felt bad for people, especially children, who did not have the privileges that I had growing up. And I felt bad for people who were born into that life.

Yes, some of the homeless have to give all their earnings to someone who has pretty much ‘enslaved’ them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help in other ways. When I did this I learned how good it felt to help people survive. Because even at a young age I learned that every dollar helps. And this is a really important lesson for our generation, some people just don’t understand what it’s like to be “The other half” of the world. Donating money is not only good for the people you are donating it to, but it helps you become a better person, and teaches you kindness, and makes others respect your more as an individual.

Building homes and/or shelters for homeless people is important because it helps to increase their safety. This is really important, not many people realize that over a billion people have no real home at night. One way that I helped increase the safety of a homeless family was When I was 8 years old in Sweden and my mom’s friend in Thailand was helping out this family whose dad had run away when their daughter was born with sickness and we flew over to help that family and build a house for them.

It increased their safety and the mother could leave her 14-year-old daughter, who couldn’t walk, at home alone while she got medicine and food. Even though there might be other ways to help homeless people survive and be happy, I think that this is one of the best. And while helping the family and building their new home I learned how good it felt to help others and I learned how “The other half lived” at a young age which influenced how I think today.

This is important for people to learn at a young age because it teaches them not to be greedy and to be happy for what they have. There are lots of different ways to help the homeless, here is another way to help with the building of shelters. Join one of the many, many organizations that build homes for the homeless. Habitat for humanity for example. At my school, there is a ‘Habitat for Humanity’ Club.

Everyone in it is doing their part, Other people should do their part too. There are millions and millions of less privileged people out there with no food, money, or home. And the three best ways to help them are to donate food, Give the money, And to build them shelters. Homelessness is a huge problem in the world. And I think everyone should do their part and help decrease homelessness. You can donate a few dollars, or build your own homeless shelter, anything and everything helps.

 

Example #3 – How Should We Treat the Homeless?

I think that to treat all homeless people in one certain way would be hard for me to do because there are many reasons for a person to be homeless, and some of them should be treated differently from others.  I feel that the runaways and drug addicts don’t deserve as much as the unemployed and war veteran types.  But I feel in my heart that all people with no homes, or lives for that matter, should get some sort of help to survive and get back on their feet so that they can become productive members of society.

Lars Eighner, a homeless man, wrote a book entitled “Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years  on the Road and on the Streets” in which he describes in one chapter “the process of scavenging Dumpsters for food and other necessities.”  Eighner states that even though he is homeless with not much money, he still eats and sometimes finds money from scavenging Dumpsters.  This seems like a form of self-reliance for him.

In his story, Eighner tells us what is safe to eat, how to tell if it is safe, and where to get the food.  He states that a lot of people throw away perfectly good food, and when they do he finds it.  Eighner says the food “can be evaluated with some confidence largely on the basis of appearance.”  In my opinion, I don’t care if the food looks perfect, I wouldn’t eat garbage unless I was dying from hunger.

But eating is only one problem facing the homeless. Their second priority should be sheltered.  Where will they go if it is freezing or something? Many large cities have homeless shelters, but sometimes they get full and the last to arrive might not be allowed in due to overcrowding according to fire laws.

I wish that they would let these people sleep on the floor or something rather than sleep outside and freeze to death.  I think that if the government can’t help these people get back on their feet, then they should build larger shelters to house all of them.

They could even serve more food at the shelters so the homeless won’t have to eat garbage.  I know my city is building a very large shelter to take in the homeless and I hope other cities follow.

Homeless people have many problems to face.  If this country would organize more programs to help the homeless, we might see some really low-class” panhandlers” become productive citizens if they choose to. Then the people who have been helped could help more homeless to get back on their feet.  It could be a chain of homeless helping homeless.

 

Example #4 – Homeless in America

“I never imagined that I would be homeless.”Although I have read this statement made over and over again, the facts behind it remain astonishing. The facts are that there are millions of homeless in America today.  Many of these people had no choice but to become homeless. Economic problems such as being laid off work or the rise in the cost of housing had lead people to live on the streets. Many of the homeless are women that have become divorced or have left home because of physical abuse.

These women have no education because they have not been given the chance to go and get the education that it takes nowadays to get the job, so they are forced to live on the streets. They have no family to help them and they are left with no other choice. People with mental illnesses also become homeless quite often. These people are incapable of handling the stress of living on their own.

These people get kicked out of their homes and are too ashamed to go to their families because of their illness, so we see them on the streets struggling to stay warm. Teenage mothers are also forced to live on the streets because their families will not help them. The fathers are not there and that forces them to live on the streets.

So they must resort to prostitution to pay for the food that their young ones need to stay alive. There are many other people that become homeless for many different reasons. Some of these people can not help becoming homeless. Some of these people are the illegal immigrants that come here from other places to get a better life but end up not having enough money to make it in this hard world that we live in. Teenage runaways have different reasons for leaving home but all have the same reason for becoming homeless.

They simply just do not have enough money. Others are drug and alcohol abusers and disabled people. With this list of people, there must be some way that we can help these people. There have been many programs that have been available to help these homeless, but only have only succeeded in the short run and have failed in the long run.

There has been homeless in America ever since the colonial times and not much progress has been made in the 200 plus years in helping these people. We have adopted programs such as FDR’s New Deal in which the government produced more jobs that took little skill, and made these jobs available to the poor. Social Security, which is not welfare, was adopted and is still going.  It is where you pay into it while you work and when you for some reason become unable to work you will have this money.

HUD housing has been available also to the homeless and the poor. We also have AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) and Welfare which gives federal money to homeless and poor and helps them get back on their feet.  But these programs seem more to help the poor with home and not the poor without homes.  We must think of ways to help the poor without homes – the homeless.

There are many shelters where the homeless can go to get out of the cold and sleep on a cot instead of a bench or the hard ground, but families sometimes find it dangerous to sleep there in fear that the few possessions that they do own will be stolen.

We should make these places safer for the homeless, and set up programs within these shelters that will help the homeless find jobs and homes. We could have the vacant apartment buildings opened and have the homeless stay there so that they have an address to get their selves a job.

We could take some of the money that we are using to set up these little shelters, and set up larger ones in the cities that need them the most. We could all volunteer a little of our time to serve dinners to these people and to help build homes for the homeless.  We could give a little of our money to those who have none. A little of our time will go a long way.

Homelessness is a big problem in our country today, but there are very few programs set up to help them. We all need to work together to help those less fortunate because you would want someone to help you if you were in that position, so we should do our best to help them.

 

Example #5 – Homeless: What has been done to decrease the problem?

One of the largest growing concerns in Toronto is the constantly increasing number of citizens who are finding themselves living on the streets. With the decrease in the number of available jobs, the population of homeless people has literally boomed. My questions are not as simple to answer as they may appear. Why is a large portion of our community forced to live on the streets? What has been done to decrease the problem?

These are the questions I will confront in my essay. With the economical wealth attributed to the name Canada, one would have to wonder why there is a homeless situation at all. This problem is especially evident in Canada’s wealthiest city, Toronto. When it comes to the affairs of the people, it is the government who should intervene.

When I look at what the government has done with regard to the homeless problem, I have to doubt that everything is being done to eradicate it. The United Nations implemented a universal declaration of human rights. Article 25 Section 1 of this declaration states:

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and to the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

This is a step in the right direction. However, this is not enough. These rights are subject to the discretion of the government of the country who decides to obey these universal rights. How much is adequate?

The government, both at the federal and municipal levels, is currently working on new spending cuts. These cuts also include spending on welfare, unemployment, and social services that are geared towards helping the homeless. Spending cuts can be seen as a necessity to maintain the country economically, but the reason for having a government in the first place is to take care of the people.

How can this be done when money is being taken away from those services that are necessary to uphold this obligation? Simply put, it cannot. Those obligations are served by nonprofit organizations that depend on government grants to maintain a standard of care for those who need the services.

The blame cannot be placed only on the government. Such a system of assistance depends on its beneficiaries, to be honest, and to have some integrity. Many recipients of these services attempt to cheat the system. With no will to search for work many of these recipients remain at home and reap the benefits of their weekly cheques. This causes the government to create other services to control the amounts of money being distributed to those people. This process is costly and would be unnecessary if all of the recipients decided to take an honest approach to this service.

What can the government do to decrease the homeless population? Although there is no quick and easy answer to solve this difficult problem, Toronto has the means to attempt economical ways to research and come up with ideas to solve it. Here in Ontario, we have many excellent universities and colleges with equally excellent students who are taking courses in the political sciences.

If the government were to cooperate with these universities and colleges and have them work in conjunction with the current research groups, then the answer to decrease the homeless population would be effectively answered. The government would encounter little expense and at the same time give the students a chance to implement what they are learning into real-life situations.

Everyone benefits from this idea and there are no losers. In conclusion, I think that our homeless problem could eventually be rooted out entirely if everyone were to take part in the care of their fellow neighbor. If we were to stop being self-centered and start thinking about the other person who has less than us, I am sure that we would benefit from it. It isn’t all that hard. A few advertisements on the television and radio, a little push from our society’s leaders and we would be off on the right track. That worked for the recycling program.

Now we should try employing this idea for even better reasons. I doubt that I will be around to see this idea in use all around the world, but I do hope that I can one day see it used here in Toronto. To assist all the homeless here in Toronto would be a very nice thing to see. The best part of it all would be to know that we, as a society, would be able to work together despite all the barriers created by racism and our naive nature when it comes to other heritages.

 

Example #6 – Homeless: What has been done to decrease the problem?

One of the largest growing concerns in Toronto is the constantly increasing number of citizens who are finding themselves living on the streets.  With the decrease in the number of available jobs, the population of homeless people has literally boomed.  My questions are not as simple to answer as they may appear. Why is a large portion of our community forced to live on the streets?  What has be done to decrease the problem? These are the questions I will confront in my essay.

With the economical wealth attributed to the name “Canada”, one would have to wonder why there is a homeless situation at all. This problem is especially evident in Canada’s wealthiest city, Toronto. When it comes to the affairs of the people, it is the government who should intervene. When I look at what the government has done with regard to the homeless problem, I have to doubt that everything is being done to eradicate it. The United Nations implemented a universal declaration of human rights. Article 25 Section 1 of this declaration states:

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and to the right to security in the event of unemployment,  sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

This is a step in the right direction. However, this is not enough. These rights are subject to the discretion of the government of the country who decides to obey these universal rights. How much is “adequate”?

The government, both at the federal and municipal levels, is currently working on new spending cuts. These cuts also include spending on welfare, unemployment, and social services that are geared towards helping the homeless.  Spending cuts can be seen as a necessity to maintain the country economically, but the reason for having a government in the first place is to take care of the people.

How can this be done when money is being taken away from those services that are necessary to uphold this obligation?  Simply put, it cannot.  Those obligations are served by nonprofit organizations that depend on government grants to maintain a standard of care for those who need the services.

The blame cannot be placed only on the government. Such a system of assistance depends on its beneficiaries to be honest and have some integrity. Many recipients of these services attempt to “cheat the system”. With no will to search for work many of these recipients remain at home and reap the benefits of their weekly cheques. This causes the government to create other services to control the amounts of money being distributed to those people. This process is costly and would be unnecessary if all of the recipients decided to take an honest approach to this service.

What can the government do to decrease the homeless population?  Although there is no quick and easy answer to solve this difficult problem, Toronto has the means to attempt economical ways to research and come up with ideas to solve it. Here in Ontario, we have many excellent universities and colleges with equally excellent students who are taking courses in the political sciences. If the government were to cooperate with these universities and colleges and have them work in conjunction with the current research groups, then the answer to decrease the homeless population would be effectively answered.

The government would encounter little expense and at the same time give the students a chance to implement what they are learning into real-life situations.  Everyone benefits from this idea and there are no losers.

In conclusion, I think that our homeless problem could eventually be rooted out entirely if everyone were to take part in the care of their fellow neighbor. If we were to stop being self-centered and start thinking about the other person who has less than us, I am sure that we would benefit from it. It isn’t all that hard.  A few advertisements on the television and radio, a little push from our society’s leaders and we would be off on the right track. That worked for the recycling program.

Now we should try employing this idea for even better reasons. I doubt that I will be around to see this idea in use all around the world, but I do hope that I can one day see it used here in Toronto. To assist all the homeless here in Toronto would be a very nice thing to see. The best part of it all would be to know that we, as a society, would be able to work together despite all the barriers created by racism and our naive nature when it comes to other heritages.

 

Example #7 – The Homeless in England

Introduction

I decided to study the homeless’ situation before we went to England, so I tried to get information about it via the internet, but it was so much information that I soon gave up…

When we got to England I thought about changing subject to the pub culture because it seemed easier to write about, but after a few days, I had seen so many homeless people that I got used to it and therefor dared to talk to them and ask them questions about their situation and why they were homeless. Many people just walked right by the homeless without even look at them (rather the reverse, look another way), but other people stopped to talk to them and buy their paper.

I’ve used the homeless people as sources and also their paper. When I came home I searched on the internet to get information and there was a lot of it, so I chose some headings and took a closer look at them.

Who’s homeless?

I thought before I went to England, that every homeless person was that by his/her own choice, but after talking to them and read about it I know that some of the homeless are that by their own choice. They choose to be homeless for different reasons, like a protest against society or just to try the homeless life.

25% of the homeless are war veterans and most of them from Vietnam. They are mentally traumatized by their war experiences, some of them are disabled and others are just unable to find work so they can pay rent.

25% of the homeless are children and many of them are alone. They’re maybe run-aways who left home because there was no food at home, or because they’re victims of rape, incest or violence. Many of them are “throwaways”, whose parents tell them to leave home or won’t allow them to return home once they’ve left.

Many of the homeless are elderly people with fixed income, and I guess that’s not the traditional image of homeless people. They receive about 450 a month in benefits and if they pay 350 for rent it’s pretty logical that they can’t live a decent life. Many elderly people are living in poverty in an apartment with no proper heating, no water, etc., and many of the elderly homeless are afraid to go to soup kitchens or shelters, so they aren’t seen on the streets.

Myths

There’s a lot of myths going around about the homeless. Very often these myths are told by someone without any or with just a little knowledge about the homeless people and their life. Here are some of the myths:

Myth: They want to be homeless.

Fact: Some of them, yes, but less than 6% of the homeless are homeless by their own choice. I spoke to a man who told me he used to live in Scotland, and that he had a house of his own, a TV, a VCR and so on, but after a concert in London about a year ago, he decided to stay in Brighton to try “the homeless life”. Now he tried to earn money, so he could get home to Scotland again.

Myth: They are heavy drug users and the mentally ill.

Fact: about 25% of the homeless are emotionally disturbed, but that has a lot to do with that many of them have suffered from child abuse or violence. About 25% uses drugs, but many of them are included in them who suffer from mental illness.

Myth: They don’t work.

Fact: 25% of the homeless work full- or part-time. The problem is that people earning a minimum wage don’t earn enough to support a family of three or rent an apartment in the inner-city. There are also many homeless people who aren’t able to work and there are many reasons why.

Paper

The homeless in England has their own paper called The Big Issue. They write about things that might interest themselves, but also about homeless people so that the people buying it can read about the homeless’ situation. The homeless people buy the paper for 40p and sell it for 70p, but to earn more money they say they don’t have change for a pound.

In The Big Issue, I bought I read about a girl who cut herself and walked in the streets with bleeding arms. Nobody seemed to care, she said, or maybe they were afraid…

How to help?

On the internet, I found a lot of ways to help the homeless, but some of the things were not realistic…at least not in my opinion. There was a page called “7 meaningful things you can do to help the homeless”:

  1. Show the homeless respect.(Talk to them or give them a smile. This helps to break down the sense of worthlessness and isolation that a homeless person easily gets.)
  2. Don’t give cash. (“It can be used to buy drugs or alcohol, so it doesn’t solve the problem” according to this page, but I think it’s OK to give money so the homeless can buy food and other necessary things.)
  3. Pray for them (as a non-believer, I find this useless, but for people believing I guess it helps.)
  4. Realize that the homeless are not all the same. (As I wrote before, I discovered that when I spoke to the man from Scotland.)
  5. Encourage them to get help. (Like the elderly I wrote about before, who are ashamed of going to a shelter or a soup kitchen.)
  6. Get informed! (To help the homeless and prevent yourself from being just an observer, but also to prevent all the myths.)
  7. Give! (You have more property than a homeless person, and a lot of it you probably don’t need it, so give for example your old toys to a homeless child.)

These 7 things were just a few of all those on the net. I also found something called “54 Ways You Can Help The Homeless”. It was, as it says, a list of things you can do for the homeless, but it was a little different from the things listed above. Here’s a few of them:

  • What to give
  • Clothing.
  • Money.
  • Toys.
  • A bag of groceries.

Children:

  • Tutor homeless children.
  • Take homeless children on a trip.
  • Educate your children (and yourself) about the homeless.
  • Collect toys and games for donations.
  • Play with children in a shelter.

Other things to do:

  • Volunteer at a shelter.
  • Use birthday parties to help.
  • Employ the homeless.

Authors notes

As far as I know, we don’t have anything like the English homelessness here in Sweden and I’m glad we haven’t because wherever I went in Brighton I saw homeless people lying in the lanes or standing in the streets, begging for money or selling their paper.

This has been an interesting work to do and I’ve learned a lot about the homeless situation, but the most interesting thing I discovered was that many homeless people were that by his/her own choice and many of them can get out of it if they struggle enough.

 

Example #8 – interesting ideas

Well, sometimes you can tell that they are a “professional” beggar. In that case, I am not really interested in enabling their lifestyle choice…I know people fall on hard times, but there is usually SOMEWHERE they can go for help to get back on their feet.

Having said that, I know that it is not always easy to get the help you need. I actually have been in a situation where I was almost homeless. Searching for shelter was a pain in the butt, let me tell you. They each have their own requirements: you must have kids with you, you must have been a resident of a certain county, you must be willing to sit in on Church services, etc.

I was also in a situation where I had to gulp down my pride and ask for help (“beg”) when I was stranded in a foreign country with no money, transportation…nothing. It was humiliating. I’d still be sitting in Oslo airport if it weren’t for some sweet Minnesotans that took pity on me…

😉

So…to make a long story even longer, I think the person’s demeanor has a lot to do with whether I decide to give them money or not.


where I live, thankfully there aren’t a lot of homeless, ( a very small town) but when I lived in a bigger city there were homeless everywhere, when I saw someone, I would always ask what the money was for, food, shelter clothing? then I would buy gift certificates for what they needed because I don’t know the circumstances behind their being homeless.

The deciding factor was not whether or not I trusted them or if I had the money, I always had at least a dollar on me.

The deciding factor was always my conscience. Since I never leave home without it, I always had to help them.


Zorak says, “Some may object to what I have to say, but beggars, for the most part, are drug addicts and alcoholics, and/or con artists. Stay away from them. There are shelters, programs, churches, social workers, housing units, free food networks, and many, many other avenues to assist the truly needy and down and out. The people who are truly in dire straits won’t go out asking for handouts. They are usually too ashamed or are earnestly trying to correct their situation.

They have too much self-respect. If you see a fella standing at the exit from Wal-Mart, or on the highway with a sign that reads “Will work for food, or “stuck in town, need a job”, these bozos are lying and want you to stop and give them money. They will say anything you want to hear so they can get money so they can…get a drink of alcohol or a fix of drugs. The truly needy rarely will do such things.

I know, I have been close to being there myself a few times, and when I was in such situations, I knew where to go if I had to. Fortunately, I did have a family to assist. That’s beside the point. Don’t get suckered into this whole “I feel sorry, I should automatically give him or her money”. Seriously, just ignore them.

You aren’t being mean. Guess what? If you ever ask one who is asking for a handout if he needs a job or would like a meal instead of money, he will say, “No, I need money so I can buy food.” yeah, right. Be generous to those who truly need it, contact a church or local charity if you want to assist, or the local food pantry. Do not give money to anybody, give assistance to some type, give food, or direct them where they can go to get help. Protect yourself.”


First, helping the homeless does not have to be through state action. It can come through private charity.

Of course, I myself do not give to homeless charities, I give my entire charity budget to a scholarship fund for poor kids to go to private schools. Better to prevent a homeless than make one more comfortable I figure.

Note that most homeless in America are so either because they have a mental illness, a drug habit, or both. VERY few homeless have neither of these. The US has a dreadfully terrible mental health system. Most of our mentally ill end up going in and out of the prison system.

We also do a dreadful job of reforming drug abusers. Drug abusers also end up with criminal records, often very long ones, even if they are not violent.

The best way to reduce homeless counts is for the US to legalize/decriminalize nonviolent drug offenses, and to start creating mental hospitals to actually provide care for the mentally diseased. Better rehab centers would also be good.

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