[Hpn] The large of Homeless Folks

Skald Hareksson hobopoets@yahoo.com
Fri, 27 Jun 2003 12:49:47 -0700 (PDT)


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HPN, 
 
One mis-conception that many have about "homeless people" is that they are a uniform mass of victims.  This belief is held by many shelter workers, social workers, and others who work with "the homeless"... and of course by the general public.  
 
I recently came across the following definitions on a hobo website.  The definitions themselves aren't terribly important- but they do help show that there are a variety of folks who are "homeless" for a variety of reasons: 
 
"A Hobo is a person that travels to work
A Homeless Person is a person who is at the moment is without a home, and it's not by choice! 
A Tramp is a person that travels and won't work - they'd rather beg!
A Bum is still a bum... a person that will neither travel nor work."
 
The interesting thing about this hobo view of the world is that only ONE of the above categories lives as they do involuntarily.  "Hoboes", "Tramps", and "Bums" all choose their lifestyle... and many enjoy it.  They are not looking for "long-term housing", they do not want a long-term job, they dont want a TV, stereo, utility bills, furniture, etc.., they dont want a 401K.  What they would like is decent treatment, the opportunity to support their basic needs (food, clothing, shelter from the elements), a place to bathe, physical safety, and their freedom.  
 
Social workers often call these folks "resistant" or "in denial"... which is just a snotty way of saying that they wont do what the social worker wants them to do. In such cases, more can be accomplished if you realize that in fact it is the social worker who is in denial-  and who needs to radically re-examine their goals and expectations. 
 
--Skald



Clan Hobopoet 


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<DIV>HPN, </DIV>
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<DIV>One mis-conception that many have about "homeless people" is that they are a uniform mass of victims.&nbsp; This belief is held by many shelter workers, social workers, and others who work with "the homeless"... and of course by the general public.&nbsp; </DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>I recently came across the following definitions on a hobo website.&nbsp; The definitions themselves aren't terribly important- but they do help&nbsp;show that there are a variety of folks who are "homeless" for a variety of reasons: </DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>"A Hobo is a person that travels to work<BR>A Homeless Person is a person who is at the moment is without a home, and <I>it's not by choice</I>! <BR>A Tramp is a person that travels and won't work - they'd rather beg!<BR>A Bum is still a bum... a person that will neither travel nor work."</DIV>
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<DIV>The interesting thing about this hobo view of the world is that only ONE of the above categories lives as they do <EM>involuntarily</EM>.&nbsp; "Hoboes", "Tramps", and "Bums" all choose their lifestyle... and many enjoy it.&nbsp; They are not looking for "long-term housing", they do not want a long-term job, they dont want a TV, stereo, utility bills, furniture, etc.., they dont want a 401K.&nbsp; What they would like is decent treatment, the opportunity to support their basic needs (food, clothing, shelter from the elements), a place to bathe,&nbsp;physical safety, and their freedom. &nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>Social workers often call these folks "resistant" or "in denial"... which is just a snotty way of saying that they wont do what the social worker wants them to do.&nbsp;In such cases, more can be accomplished if you realize that in fact it is the social worker who is in denial-&nbsp;&nbsp;and who needs to radically re-examine their goals and expectations. </DIV>
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<DIV>--Skald<BR></DIV><BR><BR><DIV><A href="http://hobopoet.blogspot.com">Clan</A>&nbsp;<A href="http://www.hobopoet.blogspot.com">Hobopoet</A>&nbsp;</DIV><p><hr SIZE=1>
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