FC: HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA Austin Rycroft
1: Homeless Youth; Date Unknown; Photographer Unknown; http://youthservicesslc.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/getting-a-count-of-homeless-youth/
2: Portrait of the Homeless; Lee Jeffries; Date Unknown; http://twistedsifter.com/2011/08/black-white-portraits-of-homeless-by-lee-jeffries/
3: Portrait of the Homeless; Lee Jeffries; Date Unknown; http://twistedsifter.com/2011/08/black-white-portraits-of-homeless-by-lee-jeffries/
4: Portrait of the Homeless; Lee Jeffries; Date Unknown; http://twistedsifter.com/2011/08/black-white-portraits-of-homeless-by-lee-jeffries/
5: Portrait of the Homeless; Lee Jeffries; Date Unknown; http://twistedsifter.com/2011/08/black-white-portraits-of-homeless-by-lee-jeffries/
6: Portrait of the Homeless; Lee Jeffries; Date Unknown; http://twistedsifter.com/2011/08/black-white-portraits-of-homeless-by-lee-jeffries/
7: Homelessness is something that affects more than 1.6 million people in the United States. It is an issue that is present in every state and in every city in America. Homelessness can be the result of any number of situations, circumstances, or obstacles that one might face in life. As you can see from the pictures homelessness affects all walks of life whether it is a child or a teenager or maybe an adult and also often the elderly. Homelessness also sees no color. The population of homeless peoples in America is a melting pot of every race, creed, sex, and age group. But what causes this great social problem? Why do so many people have to use transitional housing and emergency shelters as places of refuge and shelter? Even worse, there are many more who are not accounted for because they cannot reach these shelters and must survive off the street. When I look for an explanation of why this problem even exists I find myself being pulled to the Interactionist theories on homelessness.
8: Interactionist theory states that people become homeless based on what has happened to them in their lives, what they have been taught, what they believe, and also how the rest of the world interacts with them as well as how they perceive them. Some would say many people who experience homelessness are there because of a lack of education or a lack of skills needed to work. Homeless people may not have the education or the skills to work because they are not given the opportunity to learn these skills or be educated because of the lack of “interaction” higher socioeconomic classes want to have with the homeless. A homeless person may have had the ability to get out of their current situation but have lost much needed confidence and hope due to an experience they had with someone and thus that homeless person may be stuck in a place they cannot escape due to a lack of perceived self worth. To beat homelessness I think that programs need to continue to be created that help give the homeless the skills they need to better their lives.
9: But even if every homeless person had the skills to work there still must be the ability to get that job they have been trained to do. People of higher socioeconomic classes must be willing to give that job to that down trodden individual. I do not believe that people who are “better off” are reluctant to give a job to a homeless person just to keep that individual on the streets but more or less a fear or misunderstanding of why that homeless person is in the position they are currently in. I believe that something that has happened to that homeless person, whether it was a tragedy or something that came as a result of their socialization process, that has put them into the situation they are in but with the right interaction and socialization that person may realize the dream of getting out of living in transitional housing and emergency shelters and eventually regain a meaningful place in society.