Yes, it’s true–being homeless can be wildly expensive. But that is just one of many misconceptions of poverty and homelessness floating around society, propagated by political pundits and societal ignorance.
Cracked.com released an article entitled “7 Things No One Tells You About Being Homeless.” This article articulates how many misconceptions are either false or incomplete.
Read that article.
Did you read it? No? Here’s the link again: “7 Things No One Tells You About Being Homeless.” I’m giving you a second chance.
Great! Now that you’ve read it (I’m trusting you!), here are my takeaways:
- Things are more complex than we realize. Things are more complex than what political pundits spout.
- Get to know someone who is homeless or poor. Not only do they typically need healthy, encouraging relationships, but most of us can learn from their experiences and trials.
- Don’t talk about the politics or solutions to poverty before coming to a holistic realization of the issues and a relational knowledge of the people.
- Don’t tell a homeless person that you “understand” or tell them what their problems are before they have first told you what their problems are. Offer help or assistance before giving it. Listen to them.