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Northern Arizona University


Homelessness in America, as well as Flagstaff (Arizona), has been a serious and growing issue. Attention to the subject has steadily increased, as has a growth in misperception about the homeless. For the most part, the general public is intimidated by homeless people, feeling the to be "crazy" or "dangerous."

It's entirely possible that the average person is more intimidated by the "sense of homelessness" than actual homeless people. In other words, the average person can't deal with the impact of being homeless (neither can homeless people!), but transfer that fear and nervousness into repelling actual homeless persons.

While there are indeed such instances of homeless people with mental and/or emotional problems, most homeless became so due to a chain of bad circumstances, or one of a variety of reasons.

Tim Salam and Jessica Rice