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The Soloist

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The Perception of the Homeless The Homeless Public Perception As portrayed in film,the news, and how it impacts us all.
Government assistance
(Now) Section 8/Public Housing HUD Homeless Assistance Grants
Health Care for the Homeless Allows for the homeless to obtain housing
with the help of government funding
that pays for the cost towards rent after the individial pays 30% of their income. HUD = "United States Department of
Housing and Urban Development" Direcly funds programs that work toward ending homelessness Examples include: homeless shelters
food pantries
soup kitchens
psychological help centers
(like LAMP)
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809986571/trailer Provides homeless with affordable healthcare
so that they may receive treatment that they may otherwise not afford Projected Help of the Homeless National Housing Trust Fund Issue Addressed:
For every 100 extremely low income families,
there are only 37 afforadable rental homes Proposed Remedy:
Increase and maintain supply of low cost rental housing for this population through government subsidies Universal Livable Income/Workforce Services Issue addressed:
44% of adult homeless population was employed any given month,yet do not make enough to afford housing. Proposed Remedy:
Increased government interaction with business in such a way to increase steady employment for the homeless through grant programs that benefit businesses that maintain the employment of homeless people volunteer at homeless shelters and food banks organize food drives and donate to local shelters write your congressman to urge their support in legislation participate in the "Homeless Challenge"to learn first hand what it is to live like the homeless "Two Strings" How many are there? How did they get there? Who are the Homeless? 3.5 million experience homelessness in a given year of the 3.5 million, 1.35 million are under the age of 18 poverty
decreasing work opportunities
decline in public assistance
lack of health care
domestic violence
mental illness
substance abuse 57% of the homeless are in urban centers 42% of the 1.53 children are under 5 years old Homeless families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population 75% of the population is single
of which 67.5% are male Varies based on class, gender and age Women, those 65 years of age and older, families with gross income of $40,000 or below, and adults without a college education tend to think homelessness is increasing
Politics of Homelessness Republicans tend to: Democrats tend to: label homelessness as an internal problem favor public funding for the homeless label homelessness as an external problem be against public funding for the homeless A negative view of the Homeless Men, those under 35 years of age, households with income of $75,000 or more, and college educated adults tend to think homelessness is decreasing Stereotypes justify mistreatment The view of homeless is supported by the negative stigma Used to justify the lack of government support Stereotypes as unkempt and repulsive are used to justify homeless persecution such as street clearing operations Homeless Criminalization of 235 cities surveyed
17% prohibit camping
47% prohibit loitering
47% prohibit begging in public places All of the above examples stem from.... What can YOU do? Any questions? Sympathetic Appeal Empathetic Appeal Not everyone has a negative stigma attached to Homelessness Some want to help - and feel that it is right to do so Studies on percentages of volunteers at homeless shelters have been recorded through the duration of a year and those studies found that out of the months of the year, November and December peaked Volunteering for the Homeless Also during that time, media coverage of the homeless peaked Personal experiences with the Homeless in Columbus Went on a mission with a church to give food to the homeless Experience was an eye-opener to the lives those lead without homes Met several families Surprisingly, many people were not upset with the situation they were in. Wanted to have better lives for their family, but were thankful for what they had which was not much. Interdependence in humans common shared humanity
"you can't spell bum without a 'u'
we need to make a place for the homeless in our society
First steps... Acknowledgment of the homeless as actual human beings in need of care. Many act out of guilt, but essentially the homeless need a home What IS a home? Family Part of a community More than a roof, it fulfills many of our emotional needs My reaction? I thought that they needed to get help in getting a job, getting back on their feet, and getting a roof over there heads. not once did I think about what they wanted "City Mayors: Homeless in US Cities." City Mayors: Mayors Running the World's Cities. Web. 24 Apr. 2010. <http://www.citymayors.com/society/homeless_usa2.html>.

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By: Matt Dubin, Ben Zucker, Samantha Crance, Katie Ochs and Alex Stuber "We need more people like you that try to understand us and help. I'm glad. It is like, most people don't care, they don't care. They say I donate money to the homeless, but money don't help us. I mean, it may help some but many make them feel good, like they doin' something. They need to come in and offer a job, a way out...I seen people go to a church social, buy a plate of food for 15 dollars, take one bite and donate no more. Then they say I goin' to give it to the homeless. Well, if you ain't goin' to eat it we sure don't want to eat it. 15 dollars could buy a loaf of bread and bologna for a lot of people."
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