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Misconceptions About Homelessness ? Over the last year, more than two million men, women, and children have been homeless? in America. (NLCHP) Homeless people face an extreme battle simply to stay alive in spite of the fact that society turns its head from the problem. The government makes laws that discriminate against homeless people, which allow it to be prohibited for them to live. The mistreatment of homeless people is an issue that is often ignored in our community. When you find a homeless person on the streets how do you react? Do you turn your head and dismiss them? Do you become angry that they're living on the streets? Do you feel fearful and avoid the situation ? Or do you find these individuals as human beings and treat them in that manner? Homeless people are ? Subjected to alienation and discrimination from mainstream culture? . (NLCHP) Many alienation and discrimination stems in the lack of education about homeless men and women. There are many false myths about homeless people. Lots of people think that homeless men and women ? Commit more violent crimes than housed people. ? (NLCHP) The reality is that homeless individuals actually perpetrate less violent offenses than individuals with houses do. Dr. Pamela Fischer, of John Hopkins University, analyzed arrest records in Baltimore and found that even though homeless people were more likely to perpetrate non-violent and non-destructive crimes they were not as likely to commit violent crimes against individuals. (NLCHP) The offenses these people are committing are necessary to keep them living. These offenses include eating, sleeping, and panhandling. Making it illegal to perform essential daily activities in public when homeless people have no where else to go makes it impossible for displaced people to avoid violating the law. (NLCHP) Another myth about homeless people is they do not work and that they receive their money from public assistance programs. A research done in Chicago found that ? 39 percent of displaced individuals interviewed had labored for quite a while during the prior month? . (NLCHP) Many of the men and women who do not work are actively trying to find jobs, but are discriminated against from the job force. In an interview performed at the River Street Homeless Shelter I discovered lots of men and women who have undergone this discrimination. ? Folks can?t get a job with no address. When they use the shelter?s address they have turned down. ? (Mike) Discussing...