We’re on the train on our way home. We strike up a conversation with someone sitting next to us. He’s wearing a suit and has a Bluetooth in his ear, an iPhone in his hand and a laptop on his lap. He works for an insurance company in New York City. He asks what we do, and after we describe our careers, the conversation takes an interesting turn.
Guess where the conversation on the train went!
The guy told the author of the post we are quoting about his sister:
He tells us about his younger sister, who is living in North Carolina and has six children. One has developmental delays. Last year her husband lost his job and hasn’t been able to find work. He started drinking heavily six months ago. Three months ago he said he was going to Texas to find work because that’s where the jobs are. She never heard from him again.
Even the guy whose sister is having this trouble, who is homeless because of the reasons above says:
“It must be hard helping people in your line of work because most of them are just looking for a handout and trying to game the system. Then we pay higher taxes to pay for them.”
Once again we decided to do a story on stereotypes. Finding two retweets coming from our twitter list of various resources & interesting peeps we follow in just a few seconds that dealt with these articles / posts they found, we just had to share both of them today!
But really, the point is that here is someone who has a sister facing many of the issues our clients do, and yet the power of the “lazy homeless” myth is so strong that he feels compelled to bring it up during the same discussion when he’s seeking help?
The other from the Pueblo Colorado paper deals with people who “want to be homeless” is:
- Lessons on Ending Homelessness from The Netherlands (homelessness.change.org)
- 5 Myths About Homeless Schools (homelessness.change.org)
- Full Shelters = Hotel Homelessness (homelessness.change.org)
- Mayor Announces Homelessness Review Panel (slog.thestranger.com)
- Mysa.com: SAHA gains funds for homeless families, vets (mysanantonio.com)
- YouTube Dedicates Homepage to Ending Homelessness (homelessness.change.org)
- Homeless Speakers Educate More Than 20,000 Annually (homelessness.change.org)
- Bringing Awareness of Homelessness to New Heights In Canada (homelessness.change.org)
- How Homeless Pete Softened my Heart [Neil Fellowes] (ecademy.com)
- MythBusters: Homelessness Edition (homelessness.change.org)