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Dear concerned readers,

I know my topic may not always be one of interest for everybody but I have found it to be quite intriging while researching it. I am in year 12 at a highschool in Australia NSW. The topic I am basing my assignment on is homelessness and the stereotypes that are involved with the broader community. I just wanted to know if any of you had any experiences or opinions on the topic. For example what do you think about the homeless community?
Do you think they are homeless due to unfortunate circumstances in their life? Or do you feel they are all drug and alcohol addicted?

Please, If you can take the time to write your opinion about how you feel about them and why. I would gladly appreciate it.
I hope you do not find this to be controversial, as my opinion on the homeless community is a positive one, but I am willing to be open minded to all your opinions.

Yours Sincerely,
Patricia K. Year 12 Studen


Patricia K.


The following comments are for "Homelessness"
by tricia89

Ahh.. homelessness. This is a topic that gets me riled up at the injustices of a community of the have's and the have-not's.

Like the previous poster, I have not been homeless and have been fortunate enough to be one of the have's, but there were more than several occasions when I was broke and didn't have a shelter over my head at night. I agree with Penelope, it can get pretty embarassing and made me feel guilty to ask my friends and their families for help.

When a homeless person approaches me, I tend to feel sorry for them and even guilty when I don't have the change to spare. Being a college student, there are times when I'm tight on cash. Admittedly, shen I don't have the cash to spare, I guess I get caught up deciding whether to acknowledge him/her and nod my head or avert my eyes because of guilt.

From the standpoint of a person living within acommunity that produces homelessness, it is hard to say what is the cause of it. But for certain, now all homeless person is homeless for the same reason: some are homeless due to unfortunate circumstances while others may have just turned down the wrong road (both of which are very, very broad generalizations, they can mean so many things).

Here in America, we should be able to help those who are unfortunate around us. However, even though I believe we have the resources to, now you must consider the pace and status of the general community. Technology plays a big role because that is now a central player in the way a community operates. How will the homeless find a way to make a living in a community that already has teenagers taking up part-time work, people who are already going to schools and have experience? Not to mention the possible prejudices that others would have against him/her. In my opinion, there are a lot of things a homeless person would have to do to get him/herself resituated in society. As for the general community, don't most of us feel like we're strapped for cash? Despite whether we live in poverty, middle-class, or even those who are rich, everyone has problems - just different problems. We are always strapped for cash in one way or another. I think this type of mentality definately affects the way we feel about charity, donations, or just giving to those who are in need. But then again, you can't really blame people for feeling this way. Maybe they were suspicious, or scared for their security, afraid of being robbed, or maybe they just think that if they give a homeless man money, he'd just spend it on crack or booze? Would you trust a homeless man? Before you hand out your money, does trust ever run through your mind?

I admit I am not very knowledgeable about the subject, but these are some of the things I think should be considered when examining the issue of homelessness. I hope some of this helped.

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( Posted by: dima [Member] On: May 17, 2006 )

Ah the red cross....we went to the red cross, sorry funds have been diverted to Katrina victims. It's a shame to be "almost" homeless, to be beyond broke due to "priorities", to go to the "charities" to find that even though you have nothing, you don't "qualify". Homelessness comes in many differant colors. Drugs, Booze, natural disaster, financial ruin, devastating illness, debilitating injury. Been there done that. No, not homeless yet, that comes in September when forclosure occurs. Deep in debt due to our sons terminal illness and death that followed, we are prepared. Tent, sleeping bags, and the need for a warmer climate. Wait a few months and I'll tell you all about how homelessness works. The worst thing about it is that the "community" doesn't want to know about it. No one sees beyond their own little world. (Well, almost no one) Those most willing to lend a "helping hand" are those who are also down on their luck.

( Posted by: jsstarmom [Member] On: July 23, 2006 )

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