Homelessness and Supportive Housing

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Altruism in Society Campaign and Pretention

PSY 400
June 23rd, 2012
Les Binnix

Altruismin Society Campaign Presentation
Alone, cold, sick, injured, hungry, scared, and being emotionally hurt are just a few of characteristics that many homeless people call reality. Homelessness is nothing new to the world; it has been an ongoing issue for centuries. No country is free of the harsh reality of being homeless in the 21st century. In order to make a difference in other people’s lives, society must first be willing to see that there is more to the story of becoming homeless then just the usual stereotypes. This campaign will identify and address the social issue of homelessness. This campaign will also discuss Natural history of homelessness, explain how homelessness affects society, and make connection between motivations of altruistic behavior and the social exchange theory. The proposition strategy will also be discussed within the campaign as it pertains to intervention and prevention of homelessness. History

According to Heidi (November, 2011) America’s first acknowledged homelessness in the 1640s. In the 1640s homelessness was thought the result of insufficient ethics, and lack of character. Back in 1600s, being homeless meant having to prove that he or she were worthy enough to the oldest person in charge just stay in the town. When conditions were not meet, the homeless were forced to leave town (Heidi, November, 2011, para. 1). Being homelessness in a powerful society as America is still difficult. Many people do not stop and think about the people who are scavenging to live another day in our own streets. Homelessness and hunger are not only severe issues for third world country, but for Americans as well. People who are homeless are usually excluded from society, and too often passed by as if he or she was invisible. This constant social exclusion affects with the person self-esteem. Many people lack empathy, as they walk or drive by people who ask for change. People who are homeless are more than often stereotyped, and have had prejudice against them. Everyone has a cognitive thought about homeless people, what you say to yourself as you are looking at a homeless person depend on your level of empathy. Women usually are more empathetic than men, and are more willing to help if there are young children involved. The National Center on Family Homelessness (2009) affirms that California is among the states with the highest number of homeless children (National Center on Family Homeless, 2009, para. 1). Homelessness on Society

Homelessness occurs worldwide. You may see homeless people in your community. Homelessness affects the individual who is homeless. The homeless often suffer from social exclusion, mental and health issues as well as addictions (Cassady, 2011). Homelessness also affects society in a number of ways. One such way homelessness affects society is morally (Collingwood Neighborhood House, 2006). When people within a community see a homeless person they often turn their heads and go on about their business. On the other hand there are people who acknowledge them try to help them out. Homelessness affects a society’s morals. The community either helps or it does not. There are more ways that homelessness affects society. Another way homelessness affect society is the increase in demand for services and support for the homeless (Collingwood Neighborhood House, 2006). There are many people living on the streets. If there were more services such as homeless centers and people willing to help out there would not be so many people on the streets. Unfortunately, it cost money for such services that is often not provided. There are homeless shelters and supportive housing. One is much more expensive than the other. Shelters cost more than supportive housing by more than $2,000 in Los Angeles (Cassady, 2011). The homeless should be offered more supportive housing because it is...
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