Homelessness : The Homeless, Local Authorities, Commercial Businesses, And Neighborhood Residents

954 WordsJan 13, 20154 Pages
Homelessness is a desperate situation in which an individual or family may find themselves without a permanent home. The relationship between the homeless, local authorities, commercial businesses, and neighborhood residents is an important one. Its challenges affect those who wish to help, those in need, and those affected by the causation of the two. The trials of the homeless often include navigating the streets as well as navigating program bureaucracy in an effort to obtain services leaving, often negative, perceptions on residents and businesses. Many assumptions are made about the homeless and the curious wonder why many seem to remain without basic needs, skirting societal norms of obtaining gainful employment and maintaining a residence, despite the availability of community aid. These assumptions affect how the homeless are perceived and the manner in which they are regarded. One assumption about the homeless is that they are lazy and aren’t hard working, and aren’t interested in becoming self-sufficient. Conversely, many do seek a better life, but their efforts may be marked by misfortune. Darius Bryant was almost out of high school when his mother became unable to care for him. He was college bound and found himself staying over with friends or shelters and, eventually, unsure from where his next meal would come (Bauer, 2012). Eventually, he arrived at the acquaintance of Pastor Scott Eberlein of Trinity Lutheran Church. “Pastor Scott,” as

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