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 Homeless, Charing Cross, London

Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D. Updated: Oct 15th 2010

There are many existing stereotypes about people who are homeless. Like most stereotypes, there is a mixture of truth, exaggeration, over-generalization and pure fiction, in connection with the homeless, who they are and why they live the way they do in the year 2010.

Among the stereotypes about the homeless are such beliefs as:

1. These are lazy people who make no effort to work.
2. They choose to be alcoholics and drug abusers.
3. In order to support their addictions, they commit violent crimes to get money to buy drugs and alcohol.
4. Most of these people are mentally ill and should be locked away in mental institutions.
5. They beg in the streets rather than work.
6. They are leeches who suck off of society and serve no useful purpose.
7. All of them are at fault for their life situation.
8. They are the uneducated poor.

In point of fact, there has been a large increase in this population due to the downturn in the economy. In the United States alone, there has been a sharp decrease in jobs available, especially the poor. For example, manufacturing jobs that paid at least a minimum way, have disappeared. While there is some employment in the service industry, the work is often part time, below minimum wage and without medical benefits.

Housing has become more expensive, whether its ownership or rental, while incomes have decreased along with unemployment. It was once thought that housing costs should not exceed thirty percent of a person’s wages. Today, these costs exceed fifty percent of earnings. That is why many families find themselves living on the edge of homelessness. Many times, one family member becoming seriously ill can send the entire family onto the streets.

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