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.