For instance, many homeless individuals struggle with substance abuse. A person could infer that a homeless individual turns to substance abuse because he or she wants to numb the feelings of pain and failure he or she has because he or she cannot provide adequate housing or perhaps because they are feeling isolated from their friends and family. To make this inference one would have to assume that being homeless makes an individual believe they are inadequate and causes distance between the homeless individual and his or her family and friends. This may be true for some people, but not all homeless people believe that being homeless is a bad thing. Many of these homeless individuals may have had a pre existing substance abuse problem and became homeless because family members were no longer willing to enable self-destructive behavior.
They “were considered antisocial” (Flack, 4) and were not accepted into the town. They did not communicate with anyone unless spoken to. Therefore the people could not get to know them. Also, not only were they judged for their behaviors, the Duvitch’s “were marked people. They were the one struggling family in a prosperous community.” (Flack, 3) This was embarrassing to the town and “They were considered unattractive physically.” (Flack, 3) Later on in the story, the town’s people noticed Andy and his family’s relationship with the Duvitch’s.
As laid out in “Righteous Dopefiend”, the lumpen Edgewater homeless community is very different than what is considered to be socially acceptable today. These people seem to be living in a different world than the one most of society lives in. Many people have never gotten the chance to get an inside look on how the other side lives - a band of dopefiends who are living on the streets, but who are also living as slaves to their addictions. Each of these people have different stories and came into this taboo lifestyles in a variety of ways. The question that many of us have is how so many people got wrapped up in this alternate lifestyle.
Societies homeless are more than the title bestowed upon them. Lacking not only a home but also lacking societies’ approval and also lacking in their own self esteem that they become the ones cast off by the populace. That when one looks up poverty in the dictionary they might find that poverty is defined as, the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. Which in Adam Shepard’s novel, Scratch Beginnings, he spends 70 days in Charleston’s homeless shelter where he meets a variety of people including your typical “homeless man” which by society is deemed to be described as unkempt and ragged. Although he also comes across men that he did not believe that they even existed in these types of
Homeless on Campus Homelessness is one of the social issues that have been a problem in America and other countries for many years. As years go on, it has gotten worse. Sometimes, people get the wrong definition of what homeless really means. The true definition of being homeless is not the lack of having a house and living on the streets. Homelessness is defined as what is known as a person or family who lacks housing or is forced to live on the streets or in a shelter.
Many employers are hesitant and unwilling to hire ex-convicts and parolees, because of their criminal background. Unfortunately this goes back to the question of how do I provide for my family and the only thing that comes to their minds is what does surviving mean for my
Summary to Jonathan Kozol’s “Untouchables” “Untouchables” by Jonathan Kozol is an exemplification essay about the treatment of homeless American’s. The essay gives us rich detailed stories of homeless people that are homeless not by choice, but problems have occurred in their lives that put them in their current situation. “Untouchables” shows how homeless people survive while others are trying to get rid of them. Richard Lazarus, a veteran that became homeless after many years of hard working, tells us how difficult it is to find a job just because he is “overqualified” for “simple” jobs. “We are the rejected waste of the society,” says Lazarus while telling that homeless people are part of the society and they have to be treated as people
Where the homeless reside is solely determined by them and wherever they wish to stop their journey. “ The “new” homeless could be seen sleeping in doorways, in cardboard boxes, in abandoned cars, or resting in railroad bus stations or in other public places, indications of a resurgent homelessness to which hardly anyone could remain oblivious. Some of the homeless also behaved in bizarre ways, muttering, shouting, panhandling, carrying bulky packages, or pushing supermarket carts filled with junk and old clothes. The immediate impression was that there were persons in our society who had no shelter and who therefore lived and relied literally on the streets”. Due to the fact that homeless individuals don’t own many valuables, what they do own they must carry around and keep on the street somewhere where it is safe.
There are many social problems that are associated with homelessness in Pinellas County. Financial problems such as: job loss, not making enough money and not being to afford rent/mortgage is related to the homelessness in Pinellas County (PIT, 2011). Criminal behavior is another social problem related to homelessness. According to Chamard (2010) persons who are homeless involves themselves in criminal activity for survival such as stealing, panhandling and peddling. The criminal activity stems from the homeless person basic needs not being met such as: shelter, food and clothes (Charmard, 2010).
As I still continue to read the ignorant article, I come towards the abusive language when you comment and say “there are so many of the bastards”. The way you use the abusive language is very harsh. If you had done your research, you would have found out that homelessness is caused by many didn’t things such as parents, friends or relatives unwilling or unable to continue to accommodate them, relationship breakdown, including domestic violence, unemployment and loss of an assured short hold tenancy. Along with many different reasons, why people are homeless, which you never implied to use. Nevertheless, I have never seen anyone be so harsh by talking about themselves, it will make everything better.