Why negative stereotypes have been created for the homeless? Many people in society are afraid to acknowledge the homeless. The homeless represent and bring out fear in many people’s everyday lives and it becomes very convenient to place the homeless in a stereotype to understand and make sense of their place in society. Stereotyping the homeless only brings the issues of how to treat and improve the homeless condition, understanding the often complex problem related to homelessness, further away from the Masses. A stigma is created clouding the issue.
Along with Immigration, Welfare is one of the hot topics that separate us as a country because there is a stigma that being on Welfare means that you are lazy and do not want to work and a lot of that displeasure is pointed to minorities. The inability of our political leaders to come up with a balanced budget and to fix the Nation’s
These homeless people don’t want to help themselves. They rather live on the streets, beg for spare change and become not useful in our society. For these individuals being homeless is more of a lifestyle. Amazingly we would believe that these individuals would not be able to perform on a job due a physical inability, but it’s not; they choose not to. “These homeless prefer a life of no responsibility”.
The rates of the homeless within the last several years have declined, but the statistics are still staggering. One article claims, “There were 744,000 homeless people in the United States in 2005, according to the first national estimate in a decade” (“Study”). The people we elect into office are aware of these statistics and seem to be content with the fact that the number of homeless persons is declining, yet no real solution has been proposed to completely resolve the problem. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said , "Having this data brings all of us another step closer to understanding the scope and nature of homelessness in America, and establishing this baseline is an extremely challenging task….understanding homelessness is a necessary step to addressing it successfully” (“Study”). Assistance is provided for certain individuals, but nearly impossible criteria needs to be met before these ill-fated persons are provided with the proper help.
According to FEMA reports, in September 26, 2005, they have already approved 265,000 applications for temporary housing payments. Eventually, many families will resettle back into their homes or even join in new communities, but regardless, families and communities have been dramatically transformed by the storm. Additionally, Hurricane Katrina has made one of the poorest areas in the United States even poorer. According to geographical analysis by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood and damage assessments and year 2000 Census data, The CRS estimates that of the people to have been displaced by the hurricane, about half lived in New Orleans. Due to the city’s social composition, the storm most heavily impacted the poor and African Americans, who were less likely to have connected to the workforce and were educationally disadvantaged.
The burden of not having a job and inability to make a living and earn money can result to financial difficulty and push them into below poverty line and into the streets. Mental disability is also one of the causes of homelessness. It prevents the ability to do essential aspects in life. Mentally disabled person cannot work and need medical and special services (Rosenheck, 1994). Poor mental health also causes unstable relationship that press family members and friend’s abandonment that can lead to homelessness.
Research, shelters, law enforcement, health care, programs, jails and countless labor hours are focused on the problem. The HUD director in an interview stated that cost less money to actually house a person than to continue to support them while they are homeless. (Donovan, 2012) What are the causes of homelessness? The causes of homelessness are lack of affordable housing, unemployment, poverty, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and teen displacement to name a few. One of the leading causes across the board is lack of affordable housing.
Many people believe that is unfair that the illegal immigrants do not pay taxes and are getting and taking away jobs from other people. Others say that they are taking unwanted hard labor jobs so it does not matter. I learned that the solution of this problem is very complicated than I thought it would be. It is impossible for the pessimist to say to just deport all the illegal immigrants. It is also not fair just to let illegal immigrants just live the way as it is.
Denying entry is also denying the freedom to sell goods and services and to communicate and associate with other individuals in the nation. f. The principle of humanity states that individuals in poverty and in attempt to better their lives are being restricted against their rights as a human being. g. By immigrating individuals are trying to make a better life for themselves and they should not be turned away because they are helping themselves and not requesting help from others, according to the principle of humanity. 4. Economic Arguments Against Open Borders a.