Do you feel homelessness in America is a pressing issue? Are Americans too jaded to help?

I'm curious as to how the public at large feels about the homeless. It seems, in general, that people can't be bothered to even face that fact that they exist, let alone offer some small bit of help. They've, in a way, been completely dehumanized. Is it easier to say " get a job" than to offer whatever can be spared? Is the general dismissive reaction of the public at large to the homeless a fear of being conned? A fear that their hard earned cash will be spent by the "bum" on drugs or booze or for some other ill-gotten aim? Does anyone take the time to wonder what it would be like to be homeless, or how the person came to find themselves without shelter, food, clothing, sympathy? Does compassion have a role at all? Quite curious. Thank you for taking the time to answer.

Asked By: Jess - 7/24/2006
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Some of the answers people have given so far have been quite harsh. Homelessness is a severe problem. No one would choose to be homeless. No one would sleep in a closed doorway in below freezing temperature. I think most people think in terms of "us" versus "them." They don't realize how many factors could lead a... More
Answered By: Peace Pup - 7/24/2006
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yup and yup
Answered By: jyd9999 - 7/24/2006
I feel joblessness is a more pressing issue, which may lead to homelessness. I also feel that poor leadership is a pressing issue, but what can be done about it... More
Answered By: Girl360 - 7/24/2006
America is the land of opportunity. We taxpayers offer you 13 years of free schooling. If you can't get a job with that, it's hard to feel sorry for you.
Answered By: Curious - 7/24/2006
This not only includes people on the streets but people that are homeless that no one knows about. Some live with parents and some live with friends. There is more people homeless than we think.
Answered By: Nahimana - 7/24/2006
No one has to be homeless. It is a personal decision and people make bad decisions every day. That is what happens when you screw up. Why should I give some lazy welfare bum more money to sit on their butt and smoke cigarettes, take drugs and live off of society. They can get a job like the rest of us.
Answered By: trollhair - 7/24/2006
No, I think most homeless are that way because they choose to be or they are too lazy to work. I was homeless in 1985, but I worked hard and it only lasted a couple of weeks... More
Answered By: ceprn - 7/24/2006
i was in the same position when i was 18-19... now i have my own car & apartment. So I sympathise but I don't feel sorry for them
Answered By: Jacob R - 7/24/2006
The homeless could be helped, but for the most part, they reject even the most basic rules and guidelines required to house them (such as don't piss in the halls) they would rather beg, steal, or mug, than conform to any kind of structured rehabilitation... More
Answered By: cyphercube - 7/24/2006
Homeless people are offered clothing, food and sympathy in the US. There are many, many homeless shelters and organizations to help the homeless. Many are either drug addicted or mentally ill, so they don't take as much advantage of program available to them as others. For example, there is government housing, food... More
Answered By: MEL T - 7/24/2006
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