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What is the biggest misconception about homelessness?


John Alexander

The biggest misconception is that homeless people are lazy, shiftless, no good, and no-count. That “these people” have never had anything in life, they don’t want anything, and they will never contribute anything worth mentioning. That they are a bunch of alcoholics and drug addicts. And most of all, that they wish to be homeless.

  John Alexander. Photo by Giles Clasen.

John Alexander. Photo by Giles Clasen.

Joe Osckel

That people are homeless because they are lazy or on dope.

 

Stephanie Rogers

I think the biggest misconception of homelessness is that they are lazy. People don’t know that many homeless are unable to work due to an illness or handicap.

 

Armand Casazza

Not all homeless are mentally ill or drug addicts! My feeling is—regardless of why you are homeless—once you have hit rock bottom, no one really wants to help. Some of us didn’t have family to help us out there on the road of life. ■