Some people are quick to blame homeless people as being responsible for their plight. Stories that "they are bums, or can't get a job" are not uncommon. I have always held the view that life's vicissitudes play a role in this humiliating incident. Divorce is part of it. I read a story of a Medical Doctor in California (I think), who was homeless. Now, nobody would believe this story, but I read it in Parade magazine. A malpractise lawsuit, coupled with a traumatic event ofa divorce forced this lady to become homeless. Thankfully, she rebounded from this heart breaking experience.
Others are not so lucky.
San Francisco has attained notoriety in the USA as a haven for homeless people. Some blame the city officials for being too lenient with the homeless, by offering them money just for being homeless. The temperate weather of the bay area, all makes it more enticiing for some of them to migrate to the bay area. I personally watched a local TV news show about a homeless man who relocated to California, on account of the weather. But don't get me wrong though, I have talked to several individuals who were homeless, and when I suggested shelter, they just shook their head. On the advice of one of them, I visited the shelter and was dismayed by their deplorable condition. This year again, I visited another one in Sunnyvale, and I was quite impressed by the orderliness, the sanitary conditions, a far cry from the previous one that I visited.
But there is a time frame for this homeless people to stay in the shelter and gain independence by leaving the place. Those most vulnerable to being homeless are mainly single parents, mostly working minimum wage jobs, immigrants, women and children. The kindness of charitable organizations during the holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving always gain some publicity in the media. Now, the tables have turned. Society can be cruel. 60 minutes aired a documentary on some teenagers in Florida beating up a homeless man. Those kids were sentenced to jail.
Another incident again in the bay area just confirmed my beliefs that most people, given a choice, would rather prefer to live in their comforts of their homes, than to be homeless.
Below is the link.
So, how can homelessness be eradicated in our society? Money alone can't eradicate it, it is an uphill task, but surely, it will go a long way in building affordable homes to those in dire need of it.