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Life and Society December 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm

What do you think?

What do you think is the most common misconception about homelessness and what causes people to be in such a state? The government is not a system beating the little man while he is already down. However, they are not exactly helping him up either. Contrary to what anyone might say about the convicted felon who cannot get a job to literally save his life, he does not deserve it. No one deserves to never know where their next meal or their child’s next meal will come from. When an elderly lady is evicted from her home because she never earned enough money to retire, does she deserve to be arrested for spending the night in a park because her legs gave out before she could make it to the shelter? These people are approached by “innocent pedestrians” who offer this and that. Why not ask them what they want? No one can say they do not want help if no one knows what help the need and/or want. These are not hypothetical situations this happens most every day, can on any street, and will in all kinds of cities. They are people too and the state in which they live is not one that should be overlooked or accepted.


These are statistics from “Fact Sheet On Homelessness and Poverty.”

15% of homeless individuals in DC are veterans, and 31% of those in homeless families have been victims of domestic violence.

More than 15,000 people are homeless in Washington, DC over the course of a typical year, one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country.

On a single night in January 2013, 6,865 persons in the city of Washington D.C. were counted as homeless, 512 of whom were unsheltered and 473 of whom are Veterans.

In DC, more than 18,000 families, including 72% of homeless families, receive TANF as their primary source of income.

Since the year 2000, the number of low-cost rental units in D.C. has dropped by 50%.


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