ANSWERS: 33
  • Homeless people can be me,you,Antjuan rich guy down the street someday,so treat them nicely. They don't all want to hurt you,just like not all people with homes want to harm you.
  • i fell sorry for them but being homeless is not a excuse to sit in the town centre and play the dam pan pipes.
  • A great sadness, especially when children are involved. A touch of fear that "there but for the grace of God go I". We can waste billions of dollars on greed, graft, theft, criminal activity but we don't seem to have enough money to take care of our homeless around the world. A great sadness.
  • After having experienced it I know it is very difficult to be homeless.Homeless or hopeless(No hope) are one and the same feelings.They are the dearest to me!
  • A lot of people are living paycheck to paycheck and it could happen anytime. I loose sleep over that all the time. It's a constant worry and many people are doing the same. It's a reality that happens every day
  • My feelings are that my feelings about it don't amount to a hill of beans. Better that I spend my time cleaning out my hall closet and taking my old coats to the Salvation Army so a homeless person can be a bit warmer or making sandwiches and handing them out to a homeless person than to worry about how I feel about it. That said, I think the mantra in the eighties that homeless people weren't all mentally ill and that there but for the grace of God go I was a cover up for the closing of hundreds of mental institutions which threw patients out on the street. Yes, some of them are hardworking families that have fallen on hard times. You are more likely to see that when the economy is bad. But 30 years ago, most of those folks wouldn't have been homeless. They would have been here. http://www.opacity.us/site43_adonia_state_hospital.htm This is a link to one picture of one hospital. But if you explore this site in depth, there are dozens of abandoned hospitals on just this one site. Some of these hospitals housed thousands of people with serious illnesses. Congress and Ronald Reagan closed these hospitals in the early eighties. The people who lived in them were incapable of caring for themselves, and they had no where to go. Since then, they've been living on the streets and have been joined by another generation.
  • I am sad for them, for whatever reasons they find themselves on the street. I wonder if they have family somewhere, if they know or care, or if they have lost touch and would help if they could. We had one family member who, due to heroin and drinking problems, left the family and took to the streets. We didn't find out he had died until two years later, on skid row in Los Angeles. We had tried to do things for him but he was a grown man in his 40s and there is only so much you can do. It's just so sad :-(
  • Anger. Some choose to be that way. Others have no choice.
  • I try to avoid being homeless at all costs!
  • I think that it is F'n SAD .. that we in America have any homeless people at all .... Considering that we spend BILLIONS on wars and Foreign Aid .... Guess that shows what our government's PRIORITIES are .... NOT it's people .
  • I have a feeling I won't be able to put up much of a fight when the bank forecloses... but my grandparents decided to give the house to the grandkids rather than the aunts and uncles. So if the value's continue to drop then we might get stuck with a debt instead of splitting the profit =(
  • It's sad and unfortunate that in the supposedly greatest ountry in the world... We can take care of everyone else but not our own. There is absolutely no reason for it aside from mental illness and even that should be addressed!
  • I have mixed feelings. I have been nearly homeless when I lived in Germany, but had the option to spend the last of my money to fly home to stay with my parents. Then found a job and moved out again. I have camped in a California state park and learned that the nice family next to us were homeless and had to move to another park every two weeks. They were coping well with their situation and working on finding a job. I sometimes see people camped far in the back country and suspect that is their full-time home. I wonder out loud, why not live on the land, and know this is not legal anymore. Then there are the crazies or incapable people. My sister was one of these. She appeared to be drunk or stoned all the time and was not able to communicate clearly that she was sick, afraid and angry. By the time she was diagnosed with Huntington's she had lived on the street for many years. I did not know a thing about such a disease, nor did any of the police and judges who saw her either. It took a lot of stubborn insistent questions to get a diagnosis and care for her at the state hospital. Even then she died of neglect at the hands of the Medicaid facility.
  • Some people are one paycheck away from being homeless. That is sad.
  • It is a human right to have shelter. Whether or not they are capable of finding and maintaining a home is up to them.
  • I think it's sad that they fell between the cracks--most of them do. Take those that are vets. They risked their lives for our freedom and now the government just says "you don't matter anymore". True some people might want to live that way but most don't. I think everyone needs to remember that it could be them very easily. Loss of job, need to file bankruptcy, sudden illness that wipes out life savings. Hurricane/tornado. Anything like that. I have heard people say that they should go to shelters but the fact is there are not nearly enough shelters for everyone and it takes money to keep those shelters open. I am thankful I have never been homeless but I know some that have. They are just like you and me but people treat them like garbage. I think it's sad that we live in the US and the government does nothing to help these people.
  • Glad I ain't yo...
  • In the USA there is no excuse for anybody not having a job, a home and health care. Those are the basic needs for a human in the 21st century and this country is coming up short because the rich are greedy self centered egotistical elitists.
  • The only positive I can think of is, Freedom from commitment.
  • Many homeless people have mental "disorders". They desire the ultimate freedom, or despise support from the rest of society. Some have more serious problems, such as dimentia and Alzheimer's. This has been shown to be true by studies that offer homeless a chance to "get their act together". Some do - don't get me wrong = there are some homeless who desire to return to "society". Others reject it, for the reasons listed above or for other reasons.
  • I don't like the ones that hustle,you.
  • Well, having dealt with so many scammers, you can't help but look at them and think "Yeah, right" Some years ago, a reporter did a story about being homeless and without food and work. He hit several cities and in each he found (With just a bit of asking) how help could be obtained and soon he was being housed, fed and clothes all for free. He met scammers by the bunch too. Many said "If you do this, you get extra cash" and his response was "Why not work at a regular job?" They all laughed and then left him alone.
  • you get what you work for
  • I think that the idea that most of them are anything but those with severe mental illnesses is a scam perpetrated by those in the government who were behind shutting down the mental health system. They shut down the hospitals and threw many thousands of people who had no where else to go and no skills to care for themselves out on the streets. Then they concocted the idea that most of the homeless are somehow lazy or are down on their luck to divert our attention from what they'd done. They also perpetrated the idea that we were somehow violating their right to give them three hots and a cot in a warm room, rather than starving under a bridge or in the subway or in a steam tunnel. And we bought it. The movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest probably only helped them to sell their lie. Mental health care is expensive, but the infrastructure already existed then. Those hospitals have rotted down to being useless and dangerous now. Medication has made many illnesses manageable, but only if you actually take them. Many of them have side effects that aren't pleasant and with no one to supervise them, many folks who are otherwise treatable won't take them. There is also the problem of those with bipolar often miss the manic phase so much that they'll stop taking meds to get it back, completely forgetting how miserable and dangerous the depressive phase is.
  • Everyone deserves a clean and safe place to live - that can be a one room apartment with a shared bath to a 500 room mansion. We owe it to the citizens of this country that nobody will starve and nobody will be left out in the cold. But past the basic necessaries of life society does not owe anyone anything. Food, shelter, an education, and health care....the four basics that every citizen deserves.
  • Pity for those who had no choice. But there are people who choose homelessness. . I have a lot of my own problems to take care of.
  • I am sure I would hate it. I'm glad I have a spare.
  • Sometimes homelessness is an unavoidable circumstance. Sometimes, people choose to be homeless because they feel that to be happy, you don't necessarily have to have everything. As long as you have food and can find reasonable shelter in bad weather, it doesn't really matter. There are different ways of looking at homelessness.
  • Thanks! I went to America recently and seeing all the homeless people really opened my eyes up to homelessness.
  • I know that I would not want to be homeless. And I am appreciative of the shelters that feed, often clothe, and offer a place of rest for the unfortunates who have no place to go.
  • i think its so sad that society pretty much turns their back on the homeless...they are the ones whom need us most. and honestly what are we as society doing to help them, i mean REALLY help them???? we are able to give them a roof over their head on different nights and give them a sandwich which is great however what are we doing to offer more than that? what about a homeless/rehab kind of place where they are able to get a rezume together, a clean outfit, a shower....a place to start to rebuild their lives instead of helping them merely face one more day of hell???? just something to think about....
  • i think everyone deserves a home, been homeless myself before

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