BC: Brooklyn Garcia Social Problems 11/05/13
1: "Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless" Pras Michel
2: "Woman standing behind a fence in the garden", unknown date,Beauty Photo Studio, © Beauty Photo Studio/ /age fotostock Spain S.L./Corbis | Homelessness is all around us. People tend to take for granted what they have. A roof, running water, a bed to sleep on... many do not have this. This is called homelessness.
3: "Greece awaits German election result"September 22, 2013, © Marcos Andronicou/NurPhoto/NurPhoto/Corbis | Some people do not even stop to think why people are asleep on the streets. They assume they deserve it. | Who are these people on the streets? | Have you ever stopped to think
4: Burundi, Cibitoke Province, Kirundo, May 2007. Nic I'Anson © Nic I'Anson/http://www.eyeubiquitous.com/Eye Ubiquitous/Corbis
5: There are many types of people who are homeless. There are the people who might deserve to be there; the gamblers, the not so smart thinkers and the ones who don't care to change. But there are other types of people too. People who need our help. In this picture, a girl doesn't have the necessities that we take for granted. She has no house, no running water, no means of food. Her parents? They try so hard to provide for her, but her 4 other siblings make it hard to support a family of 6. They beg for money, with little success. They try for food stamps, with no success. When her dad went to apply for a job, he had no address to put on his application. She can't go to school because she is in no district, she's a wanderer. The family didn't start out this way.
6: Children hold their bowl, February 21, 2011, ROMEO RANOCO © ROMEO RANOCO/Reuters/Corbis
7: The family started out a middle class family with a roof over their heads and a steady income. The kids were in school and educated. The mom stayed home and looked over the household. Then, one day the dad was let go from work. They didn't need him anymore. Discouraged, he looked for other jobs. Everyone felt he was "overqualified" and wouldn't give him a job. Desperate, after using up all of the savings, he applied at a fast food chain. They denied him, saying again he was "overqualified". He was forced to claim bankruptcy. There was nowhere left to go. The streets welcomed him with open arms. It was their only option.
8: Boch Photography © Boch Photography/the food passionates/Corbis
9: Interactionalist Perspective | I believe the interactionalist perspective is the cause of this problem. Homelessness is created because the "better off", like the man seen in this picture, see the homeless as a disgrace to society. They believe they're off better and therefor the homeless deserve to stay where they are. How can we fix this?
10: Do you need that change in your pocket?
11: You probably don't. Why not give it to the next homeless person you see? Careful of who you give it to. If they are begging, find another to give it to. I believe this is where the bad stigma comes from, the scammers. Look for the families who aren't begging. The ones you know in your heart need money, food and water.
12: Demeurs, Jocelyn© Demeurs, Jocelyn/the food passionates/Corbis | Carry food in your car. A scammer won't care about food, only the money.
13: Give food to the people on the streets. They need that can of green beans more than you. The real homeless won't beg for money, they will beg for whatever you are willing to give. So give them food and water. They will forever be grateful. | Now that's something worth feeling good about.