Without a stable shelter, and often without a steady income, individuals experiencing homelessness are vulnerable to the dangers of violence and street crime. While they are focused on ending and preventing homelessness, what measures can cities take to support and protect their homeless populations?
When it comes to homelessness, there are many factors that “encourage” a negative perception. Those experiencing homelessness are forced to face the assumption made by society that they aren’t “good” individuals. As the news and media often reinforce negative stereotypes, it is hard to sway the general public’s negative perception of homelessness. Additionally, those experiencing homelessness often do not have the chance to establish themselves as “good” people. The stigma regarding homelessness doesn’t just come from bystanders and media: it also comes from places of authority.