The Pros And Cons Of Homelessness

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This article draws attention to the fact that people are dying in the streets every winter and our system fails to offer a long-term permanent solution. It suggests that ailments of frostbite and hypothermia often arise from impaired decision making. The article suggests people are choosing to be homeless, but more because of physical and mental impairment than a conscious choice. The public may think conscious choice, but the underlying issues aren’t seen or known. Is it enough for us to offer someone housing? Can you readily identify a homeless person by looking at them? How do we count the homeless? Do we know when a homeless person has died? Do we even care? Are we more concern with profiting from peoples misfortune then making them well? Firstly, “According to the latest research from the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, at least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness or roughly 35,000…show more content…
This is an unfair statement to the working poor, who are trying their best to break the cycle. The idea that people would prefer to live on the street versus a shelter does not take into the consideration the true reasons behind homelessness. For anyone to promote the idea that these people choose to be that way is very damaging to people trying to escape homeless and those trying to help them. Many people become homeless because of loss of accommodations, others chose to remain that way because they are afraid or had bad experiences with alternatives offered to them. The government needs to fully address the issue of choices, which is often misunderstood. There are many complex variables about why people end up in such vulnerable positions. The people who are homeless are the most vulnerable and subject to abuse and attacks from the general population. As can be seen in the documentary Storied Streets, many people hid their homelessness because of the stigma and ashamed surrounding

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