Saddened by the homeless

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Does anyone else feel really sorry for homeless people? I was walkng through the town centre today and there seems to be more and more homeless people every time. But it really gets to me, I know SOME of these people must be there due to their own problems, which got out of hand, but still the way people look down upon the homeless and the lack of respect from people really infuriated me, it usually upsets me for the rest of the day.
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Well it's hard to really know who is actually homeless and who is not. Here in the U.S. people act homeless to get money. But there r homeless people that have alot of money but do not have a house

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it's mostly because of drugs - you can really tell with a lot of them
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I feel the same way. Most people judge them as alcoholics and drug abusers, which is sad when it isn't the case for the most part.
Instead of giving them pity, just be that one person in the crowd who respects them, no matter who they are! Yesterday I made some food and gave it out to the homeless people I passed, when people see the humility you show then they will follow in one way or another.
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(Original post by RebeccaMelody)
I feel the same way. Most people judge them as alcoholics and drug abusers, which is sad when it isn't the case for the most part.
Instead of giving them pity, just be that one person in the crowd who respects them, no matter who they are! Yesterday I made some food and gave it out to the homeless people I passed, when people see the humility you show then they will follow in one way or another.
Yes I have give to the homeless a few times, the fact that people are to quick to dismiss them as alcholics or drug abusers annoys me also.
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(Original post by RebeccaMelody)
I feel the same way. Most people judge them as alcoholics and drug abusers, which is sad when it isn't the case for the most part.
honestly, it really is.
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/fact.../addiction.pdf
I don't know how you can honestly think that it's not
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Well it tells us that you're human at least
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honestly, it really is.
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/fact.../addiction.pdf
I don't know how you can honestly think that it's not
You've used an American study there, but there are plenty of British examples showing the same thing.

There is certainly a huge connection between drug abuse, alcohol abuse and homelessness - another key factor is mental health problems and (very much linked to that) family breakdown, so there's something of a chicken-and-egg argument there.

I personally tend towards the view that drug and alcohol abuse tend to be symptoms of something wider. While I've sometimes put it rather harshly - that you can either support institutionalising these people as the Victorians did, or accept homelessness will continue to be an issue - there's a very broad spectrum of things that could improve the situation: strengthening family units, employment, ensuring that people transition from school to work effectively and so on.
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