No, people who are houseless don’t all live on the street, and the vast majority are not addicts or mentally ill, either.
Homelessness affects hundreds of thousands of Americans on any given day, and yet many people still perpetuate wrong and at times harmful stereotypes about those struggling to access housing.
Last year, more than 500,000 people were homeless across the country on a given night in January, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
New York City, for instance, reached a record high for homelessness in 2017, with an average of 63,495 people sleeping in the city’s shelters each night, according to nonprofit Coalition for the Homeless. Three-quarters of those in shelters were families, including 23,600 children.
Myth 1: Most homeless people live on the streets.
Myth 2: Most homeless people are mentally ill.
Myth 3: Most homeless people are addicts
Myth 4: Homeless people just need to get a job
Myth 5: It’s their fault they’re homeless.