People have not always had to suffer with homelessness. Though the problem has almost always
existed, it had not reached a severe level until the early 1970’s. With every war there has been a small
without anywhere to go. This was just the start of the problem. Many homeless people lived in places
called Skid Row. A place with cheap bars, entertainment, and very cheap housing in buildings called SROs,
Skid Row eventually vanished. Then the government decided to decriminalize drunkenness, loitering, and
by means of walking and hitch hiking. Within these categories are sub-categories. These sub categories are
Mentally Disabled Men125
Full Time Jobs7
Part Time Jobs27
Bum (Undeserving Homeless)49
Even the people with full time jobs are in need of permanent residence. These people live on
eating scraps of food from trash cans, and possible meals from shelters on occasion, but those are usually
three times a week at dinner, or some other type of schedule. People who have homes rarely think, nor can
cars, buses, boxes, on park benches and underground. They eat bits of old fruit and meat with the mold and
two months. For a week they lived on ketchup and mustard. Within three days of the condiments
There are some people who still have a spark of interest in finding jobs. They look for places to
work, and they try to establish an address and connections. If a homeless person is absolutely dedicated to
ending his own homelessness, he will most likely find his way out.
The one category that people assume all homeless fall into is the undeserving homeless, or
“bums”. These are usually men in their 40s or 50s who sit around all day and do nothing. They don’t try and
help themselves or others. They lie and cheat and honestly deserve nothing because they could never give
anything if they were forced to. They make up a very small group in fact, about 4% of all homeless.
Drugs are everywhere on the streets. It is estimated that 20% of all people living on the streets use
become a statistic in the disabled category.
I have found that there seem to be two main elements in saving a homeless person. The
government needs to help homeless people get back on their feet. They need to make sure also that
person greatly needs is responsibility over himself. The homeless need to get up on their own two feet, by
their own will and try and help themselves. Finding jobs, such as selling “Homeless Newspapers” such as
society today. So if the government is willing to help get the homeless rou!
sed into the wanting of a better life, and they wish to follow through, then I think we could find a better,
faster way to end the nation’s problem of homelessness.
The reason I didn’t include any numbers on the amount of homeless people is because they are
some of the most difficult people to count. People lived doubled up with families, they move from place to
place, and have children. There is also the matter of exactly HOW to count them. There is no way that
works better than the other. Surveys that have been done on the homeless in New York have differed my
the tens of thousands. So all I did include were the hard facts that could not be opposed.