Homeless people deserve help too.
There's lots of conteroversy on if homeless people deserve help or if they're just...
“lazy, incompetent and
deserve what’s happened to them” –Anonymous
I live in Maryland, and my family and I went through Baltimore City over the last weekend to go visit my
aunt whom lives on the other side of the city. Baltimore has a lot of homeless people, gangs, violence,
crimes. Many people have been murdered, many treasures have been stolen. That’s just how it is there,
In the car on the way to my aunts we were stopped at a red light. A homeless man in dirty clothing was
walking down the pathway between the two rows of cars. He had a black eye, a big smile on his skinny,
dirty face and he was holding a sign while waving at everyone. It read “Will work for food. I’d rather beg
than steal.” Just to make it better, he had correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. It was so
heartbreaking I wanted to get out of my car, hug him and give him all the money I had. But as a teenager
with no job and no life, I had none.
So I sat in the backseat and cried for him.
It wasn’t loud, I didn’t draw attention.
In one of my other mytakes, I talked about my aspirations. One of them was to make an impact on the
world- mainly by helping all of the homeless I see.
When I am successful and rich, I plan on helping the homeless people. The men, women, children.
They’re human too and they get shit simply for being homeless.
Quite a substantial number of homeless people are war veterans.
-Since 2014 there are about 22.5 mill veterans in the US.
-Of those numbers, between 529K and 840K veterans end up homeless at some point in the year
-~ 33% of homeless males were veterans
-Veterans are twice as likely to become homeless
-Primary causes of homelessness among veterans are:
1. Lack of income due to limited education and lack of transferable skills from military to
civilian life (especially true of younger veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan)
2. Combat-related physical health issues and disabilities
3. Combat-related mental health issues and disabilities
4. Substance abuse problems that interfere with job retention
5. Weak social networks due to problems adjusting to civilian life
6. Lack of services
-about 41% are between the ages of 31 and 50
-America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America.
-In Jan. 2014, there were ~50,000 homeless veterans
-In the US there are ~565K homeless people
-f that number, 206,286 were people in families
-358,422 were individuals.
-about 8% (~50K) of the homeless are veterans
As someone who understands what it’s like to be a member of the poverty stricken community, my
heart goes out to them. Those statistics above? They’re too damn high!
I’m going to do what I can to help the homeless as much as possible. Thank you for reading and I hope
your heart goes out to those homeless.
P.S. Please watch the video below to get an understanding of what I am trying to make a point of.