I just read an article that advocates for anti-homeless laws, explains why they exist and how homeless people are mistreated by charities and state welfare. This brings a new perspective to homelessness, an issue commonly addressed by acts of charity and state-funded relief programs. The author argues that while anti-homeless laws, require violation as means of survival, they encourage people to work hard rather than lean on the backs of their hardworking providers.

Because of the criminalization of homelessness, homeless people are forced into employment programs where they can generate capital into the economy rather than rely on those who have jobs for survival.”These are the hidden places into which homeless people are pulled once they have been pushed out of spaces of consumption through criminalization. And these programs’ goals — enforcing work — reveal the kernel of homeless people’s criminalization,” says the author.

The article I read introduces a new perspective to the solution of homelessness and poverty. Homeless criminalization depicts a transition in approach from holding those who have experienced a lack of housing, unemployment, and poverty accountable and encouraging them to work hard to regain their status in society. ” This positions homeless people — as part of the working class — to not only shrug off the oppressive yoke of poverty and exclusion from public space but to break its political-economic basis: exploitation,” says Hennigan.

So maybe acts of charity aren’t the only way to end poverty and homelessness. Maybe it’s a mix of accountability, hard work, morals, and ethics, that will combat homelessness.

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  1. Anthony 2 hours ago

    Firstly, this is a very important topic and I’m glad that you brought attention to the epidemic of homelessness that has plagued our country. I think two important factors to be considered while speaking about homelessness should be considered as well – mental health and drug addiction. These two things often lead to homelessness and a large chunk of the homeless population throughout our country deals with these factors on a daily basis, and it’s a big part of what keeps them homeless. I like your finishing sentence a lot, because I think it’s true. I think that charity is not the only way that homelessness is going to be fixed but through hard work by the rest of the population.

  2. Oriandy 2 hours ago

    Dear Grace,
    First of all, I wanted to say that I like that you chose to write about this major problem in the US that many people dismiss and ignore. Also, I just wanted to add to this discussion that I’ve seen and heard many people talk about homeless and instead of feeling empathy for them and try to help them out, they say “they are just being lazy and don’t want to get a job.” It infuriates me when I hear anything like this because people judge without seeing their side of the story and just assume that things can be easier for them if they just tried. I know that getting a job is hard, especially if they don’t have a home, and we don’t know the circumstances they have faced that led them to this hard life. I believe that if people understood what they are truly going through, more people would be willing to help them out or create more programs to do so.

  3. Gus 2 hours ago

    You mention a very interesting point towards the end of your writing. This being the fact that we as a society need to change how we view homelessness. Instead of criminalizing the homeless, we need to encourage them to find work. Because if the homeless become participators in the consumer economy of the United States, then our country as a whole will become stronger.

  4. Jackson Chiang 13 hours ago

    In my opinion, we need to make the law and rule for homeless people because Some of homeless people stay in the train station or other places. For that reason, they can earn money and also they can’t buy food to eat. Therefore, If we help homeless people to make the job or help them to make earn money, they can try their best because they got the chance of their life. Finally, homeless people is not bad things. They have their personal reason or other things. So if we help them to improve, they can do their best

  5. Aaliyah 2 days ago

    Dear Grace,

    I am intrigued by your post, “How Can We Decrease Worldwide Homelessness and Poverty?” and how you brought out an issue that isn’t as discussed as much as it should be. I understand the importance of homelessness and how being pressured into gaining employment isn’t the answer for those who need assistance. Though said, homelessness criminalization does help encourage people to gain their status in society and regain their lives through employment.

    One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “Maybe it’s a mix of accountability, hard work, morals, and ethics, that will combat homelessness.” Instead of putting homelessness on those who help with charity, those who are homeless must also be accountable for what they have experienced or condoned.

    Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about your opinions for those who might find your opinions relatable.

    Aaliyah

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