Misconception #1: “Homeless people are lazy.”
“I’ve heard the personal stories of numerous people and admit having been surprised to learn that for many, the road to homelessness began with the loss of a job at which they’d worked hard for years and/or a series of circumstances beyond their control, such as serious illness or injury of themselves or a dependent,” says Jim White, “In many cases, they gave all they had to try to overcome the challenges but eventually ran out of resources. You just never know, and the truth is that, given the right set of circumstances, it could happen to any one of us.”
People who are homeless are typically among the most disconnected from their communities because they’re down and out, living in poverty and operating way below their personal potential. Others’ low opinions of them make it harder. But once you hear their stories, you start to change your mind about their specific situations.