Anthropologist & Psychologists say that "Most homeless people Do Not deserve to be homeless, they were just victims of circumstances". This is the opinion of those University Educated persons who have studied it.
And according to a Psychology test book (GRE), the reason many (most) people tend to think it is someones own fault, is,
"It would ruin their image of a Perfect World" (something could happen to them, and it could, it could happen to you (hope it doesn't)).
The GRE Psychology test question gave many examples of bad things that happen to people: someone being fired from a job, or didn't pass a college test, etc, all of which, most others who know the victim tend to blame on the victim. But the corrent answer in the book explains that it usually is not a persons falut when these bad things happen to them. We live in a society of incompetence, with mal intent bullies; we live in a frail and fragile world; we live in a world of natural disasters, floods, quakes, tornados, disease, layoffs, etc, where a person can slip and find themselves out of luck, its all too easy, and all too bad.
In case Homelessness does happen to you, we need a system, to help our fellow man, woman, and child, to help them get back on their feet again, but really help them. Not just create a non-profit business that swallows 90% of the profits, giving 10% towards the cause. A system which does not oppress people, but does offer people safety, shelter, nourishment, and vitamins. I THINK THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT should be the ones helping the homeless, but they do way too little; and typically exclude men from help (with "Claim Rejected" stamped on their 20 pages of paperwork, by an obeese woman at a desk so the money can be used for a staff party, with claims that "there is funding available, we can't find enough people to help", while real homeless persons who need help are turn away every day), the reason for the rejection ranging from missing info on the paperwork (a zip code?), or lack of a doctors note (perhaps they cant afford a doctor), or because the claim worker decides to classify him as an "able bodied male" (able to work, if someone would hire him).
Something needs to be done, right away, more needs to be done. In the mean time, while we are waiting for government to help "The People".....
Be Nice to Homeless People
Give them $1 if you can (without being too risky, some people are crooks you know, but if your driving by and have a $1 bill handy, see them with a sign at the side of the road, your doors are locked, there are cars around, roll the window down a bit and give them the $1. (Admitedly, some poor people who have homes do go out daily to ask for money on the streets, some other alternatives may be better, but even if you helped some poor person who has a place to live, your still helping someone poor).
OR BETTER YET
Here in Las Vegas you can to to the Main Library on Las Vegas Blvd just North of Downtown, where they hang out, very politely (yea they smell a bit, you would too, but they try to be polite, quiety holding books, and the Library Staff, being college educated trys to be nice to them), and go around passing out $1 bills (never done it, thought of it)
Give Surplus Food to your local Food Distribution Center (I called, and they directed me to bring it to the Church across the street from UNLV on Maryland Pkwy, I don't know if it went to the homeless).
Some Organizations who claim to help the Poor, but very little percent of your donation goes to the poor themselves.
Homeless people tend to suffer from:
Lack of proper nutrition
Lack of Vitamins & Minerals
Lack of Sleep
Rejection from Society I saw a man taking some food out of a trash can in a major hotel casino late one night, and security made him throw it back in the trash, then radioed all other security persons and they chased after him. The man was hungry, in America everyone should be able to eat (same everywhere in the world). Certainly the Major Hotel Casnios don't want these people around, and I think that is a shame. I told one secuirty guard that "most people don't deserve to be homeless, they are just victims of circumstances" but he disagreed, thinking it "their own fault". I don't hate the guy, he just doesn't understand; he didn't major in Psychology or Anthropology.
I have heard from MANY Psychology & Anthropology College Professors (and Priests too), that it is NOT their fault that they are homeless. More people need to know this. And what can a person do if they are homeless? Who will help them? Who will give them a decent job?
I see homeless people on the streets, near the old Downtown section of Las Vegas, and sometimes on the Las Vegas Strip, often yelling and angry, appearing Psycho, often not yelling at anyone in particular. Why? due to lack of: proper vitamins, nourishment, and sleep. They need B-Vitamins and other vitamins too.
THE MAIN THING IS
Treat them with EQUALITY. We were all born EQUAL.
It can happen to anyone (and often does).
Be nice to Everyone, Everywhere you go
We are all Equal
And I myself, extend my equality to Animals as well, being a vegetarian vegan and animal rights activist, as well as a human rights activist.