Examples Of Homelessness In America

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Homelessness in America SOC120 Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, there are about 3.5 million people in the USA that will experience homelessness in a given year. Many different people experience homelessness for different reason. There are many different factors that can make someone end up being homeless such as; losing one’s job, not being able to afford or pay housing, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental illness, lack of health care and people living in poverty. There are three different stages of homelessness; Episodic- people who go in and out of shelters, use shelter when they cannot afford housing seasonally users. Transitional- people who become homeless dues to a life changing event such…show more content…
The most extreme example of this is the “bystander effect,” where individuals fail to help in an emergency situation. There is a tendency to think that if we look the other way when someone addresses us on the street, we won’t feel nearly so bad about not giving away our food or money. Or to portray homeless victims negatively, if I give them money they might use it to buy drugs or if I try and help them they might take advantage of me, relativism; a theory that knowledge is relative to the limited nature of the mind and the conditions of knowing. I believe that unless one has experienced this personally or know someone who has gone through the situation then they will not be able to relate or want to help or stop the cause. Society view homeless people as despised or disdained, labeled as lazy and insignificant. For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of homeless people is panhandlers. The only faces of homelessness most people see are those of the ragged people who beg for change on downtown

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