Homelessness and Intersectional Discrimination: The Roles of Ethnicity, Race, and Gender

A 2015 study conducted by Frontier Psychology found that “homeless people as a group are seen as neither competent nor warm,” by the general American population. These views elicit prejudices such as disgust and fear, leading to negative treatment of the homeless. While all individuals experiencing homelessness face stigmatization, the intersectional relationship between factors such as ethnicity, race, and gender influence how each homeless individual experiences everyday life. Negative stereotypes surrounding these particular factors can make individuals more prone to discrimination, thus increasing their chances of becoming homeless. Additionally, these factors can make a homeless individual more prone to discrimination; this includes acts of violence committed against the homeless, and difficulty securing a job or housing. 

The Impact of Homelessness on People With Disabilities (PWD)

Homelessness is an issue that everyone is susceptible to. Unlike other societal problems that have taken root, homelessness does not pick and choose a demographic for who gets affected. However, in the midst of all the identities suffering from homelessness, it becomes easy to overlook how each group is being affected specifically, for example, individuals with disabilities. This lack of awareness concerning the relation between homelessness and living with a disability allows for the issue to continue to invisibly thrive.

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