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Homelessness and its Wrongful Stigma

Among the many assumptions that exist regarding homelessness and why individuals are homeless, most are negative. There are a plethora of reasons that people judge, profile, and assume the reasoning as to why someone is homeless. This assumption keeps those that can give from giving to those on the streets or in need. 

There are many different stigmas as to why individuals believe that homeless individuals are in the position they are in today. The word “homeless” has a very negative connotation; because of this, people will hold back from helping. Negative stigmas directed at those who are homeless limit the unhoused from being able to feel good about themselves or move forward. 

When those who are homeless are looked at in a negative light, it doesn’t help or motivate. This can affect the homeless individual, whether it is just themselves or their family as well. When trying to feel positive about their situation, there are a plethora of assumptions people make.

People assume that homelessness happens because individuals are lazy, don’t want to better themselves, could be on drugs… the list goes on. This stigma holds people back from wanting to help the homeless community and making a difference.

The assumptions of the stigma surrounding poverty and homelessness are frequent and extensive. This leaves the homeless very vulnerable and feeling more alone than they already did. It is hard to get back on your own two feet, let alone feeling like no one thinks you are capable. 

Being homeless is a very difficult situation for anyone to be in, especially emotionally. For whatever reason it may be that individuals are homeless, not having support or sympathy from those around them can make them feel inferior. Someone could be homeless because they were escaping an unsafe situation at home, got robbed, or got thrown out, for example. No matter what the reason is, those who are housed should not judge an unhoused individual or make assumptions about that person’s choices.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4450171/

https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/homelessness_poverty/blueprints/blueprint-9.pdf

https://thesharingcenter.org/stigmas-of-homelessness-theyre-lazy/

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