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Session: Causes Of Homelessness
This is a Session within the Topic Homelessness
 
 
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– Grasp this issue deeply.
– Find what is valid or insightful about each perspective.
– Is there a way that changes assumptions, that all sides can agree with, and that works at the heart level?
 
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"Many homeless people have had difficult lives"
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Topic: Causes of homelessness


Many homeless people have had difficult lives

Some homeless people have had difficult transitions from the military, foster care, prisons and jails. Some have mental illness and have been in psychiatric institutions.

One of the harsh realities is that homeless individuals and families tend to come from communities of concentrated poverty. These neighborhoods typically have the highest rates of unemployment, poor health, crime, family violence, low educational achievement and overcrowding -- the very conditions that make people vulnerable to losing their homes and community supports. It's as true in New York as in Kansas and Florida.

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"The homeless will not support themselves"
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Topic: Causes of homelessness


The homeless will not support themselves

The ACLU wants to force society to house people who will not support themselves, who will not do it, because they want to get drunk, or they want to get high, or they want -- they don't want to work, they're too lazy. They say, "OK, that's a person's choice. The government should give them a house, and food, and walking-around money, and everything else." That's what it's all about. This is the hidden agenda.
Bill O’Reilly

It’s their own fault. They are the dead weight of society.
“I am sick to death of all the bleeding hearts and liberal blowhards attacking the mayor and conservatives over the homeless issue…If you all have such big hearts, it's time to put your home where your mouth is and adopt a homeless person or family. Just bring one into your home rather than shoving the burden on the rest of us who have our own problems to worry about. You're all a bunch of hypocrites; the solution is sitting in your spare bedroom or futon or back yard.
What's the matter? Are they too stinky? Untrustworthy? Too many bad habits? What's your excuse? Where's your sense of human decency?
Considering our current events, the homeless are the least of my problems so I refuse to pay any more taxes for more services for the dead weight of our society. Begging is the world's second oldest profession and it's not going away no matter how many more programs you force me to pay for. So I say put up or shut up.”
Ben Waschke of Anchorage, ADN 2011

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
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This is the opinion of Bill O'Reilly
 
 
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Bonnie Silkman: Oregon FOX 12
 
 
Text: True homelessness figures
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True homelessness figures

It's estimated that there are over a million homeless living in the disused tunnels of the New York subway system. In many cities, the homeless have been actively driven into the suburbs and beyond. In Portland, Oregon, many of the homeless live in woodlands and do not sleep in the city.
New York city only lists the number in shelters, 60,000, it does not include any official tally of homelessness in general. Assuming The Guardian's figure of 5% living rough is accurate as to some sort of count, it doesn't affect the core official number. It's just that the core official number is only 6% of the actual figure.
If we consider these to reflect the reality of the situation, and factor in the undercount by two thirds of those in cities, then we get a very different number.
Factoring in the undercount, we're probably nearer 1.5 million homeless in cities at any given time. Now, if we extrapolate the 6% figure across all States and say that this 1.5 million merely represents those on public display, then the real homeless levels in the U.S. would be closer to 25 million.
This is much more realistic. Manchester, in England, has greater homelessness than the official figures for the United States. That simply isn't realistic, but Manchester's levels are much better understood by homeless organizations. They probably aren't perfect, but they make an adequate sanity-check.
So America has about 25 million genuinely homeless. And ignores 24,500,000 of them.

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Text: Risk factors for homelessness and public expenses
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Risk factors for homelessness and public expenses

According to the most recent annual survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, major cities across the country report that top causes of homelessness among families were: (1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, and (4) low wages, in that order.
The same report found that the top four causes of homelessness among unaccompanied individuals were (1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, (4) mental illness and the lack of needed services, and (5) substance abuse and the lack of needed services.

Risk factors for public expenses
Mental illness, substance abuse, incarceration history, and persistent homelessness all have a strong impact on public costs.
Some medical diagnoses are widely prevalent among homeless residents and also have a high cost profile. Mental health disorders are foremost among these, with 26 percent of homeless individuals diagnosed and 40 percent with the diagnosis having overall public costs in the top two deciles.
Diseases of the circulatory system, which include heart disease, chronic hypertension, and rheumatic fever, are diagnosed in 11 percent of Santa Clara County homeless residents, 41 percent of whom have overall public costs in the 9th and 10th deciles.
The highest public costs for homeless residents are in the health care and jail systems. If a homeless individual experienced any of the following over a two-year period, they were more likely than not to be in the top 5%:
• 7 or more hospital inpatient days,
• 11 or more emergency room visits,
• 4 or more emergency psychiatric service visits.
Comparable benchmarks for jail stays over a two-year period include:
• 7 or more days in cell block 8A, the jail mental health facility,
• 10 or more days in cell block 2B or 2C, jail medical facilities,
• 300 or more days in general jail facilities.
Substance abuse and mental illness double the likelihood of being and staying in the top 5%, with odds two and a half times greater than average for people with both of these attributes.

U.S. Conference of Mayors

 
 
 
 
Conclusion
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What is true and relevant about the varying perspectives? How can we resolve the problem of homelessness at the deepest possible level?


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