A 2015 Harvard study found that access to reliable transportation is the biggest factor in determining whether someone will escape poverty and avoid homelessness.
The children in your life are going to want to know why that person is sleeping on the sidewalk or pushing a shopping cart full of belongings.
The questions will vary. So should our answers.
In a recent reflection on the site Invisible People, Robert Davis makes the point that handcuffs will never solve homelessness.
What is the average age of homeless persons in America? Over 50 Between 30 and 49 Between 15 and 29 Below 15 I really wonder how many would have guessed age 11, much less that it is a well-researched fact. (as of January 2022). More info at this link Cynthia Griffith...
But you shouldn’t build up “talking to a homeless person” in your mind as something that’s vastly different from talking to any other kind of person.
The Vincentian Family is committed to a collaborative worldwide effort to eradicate homelessness by 2030. We can only get to 2030 by looking at homelessness in 2020.
So you think you understand homelessness? I did… until I discovered I didn’t!
As we approach the feast of St. Vincent de Paul we can draw strength and be challenged by all that St. Vincent did. Many may not believe that one man could do all that Vincent did!
The deeper I got into the article I realized I had more of a stereotypical and simplified understanding.
“If you want to resolve street homelessness, you have to think about prevention: how do you turn off the tap?”
Mark Horvath has been trying to bring home the reality of homelessness for real people who are homeless.
Cynthia Griffith, writing for Invisible People, backed up this “new math.”