Why Don't Homeless People Use Shelters?
When there are homeless shelters why do homeless people sleep outside?
I'd like to give my reasons for sleeping in the rough and also some of the reasons I've seen others avoid shelters while exposing some common homeless shelter dangers. Some of these reasons might surprise you. I know I was shocked to discover a few of them myself.
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Fear of Contracting Parasites
A little added something no one wants
Hours of Operation Incompatible with Work Hours
Homeless shelters operate on rigid schedules... So do jobs!
Danger of Rape or Assault
Fear of Contracting Disease
Diseases spread easily in close quarters
Lack of Handicapped Accommodations
Disabilities make use difficult
An Invasive and Disrespectful Check in Process
Surrendering dignity and self-respect completely
More Articles on Why People Avoid Homeless Shelters and Sleep Outside Instead
- Why Some Homeless People Choose Streets Over Shelters
Divine Caroline explains why many prefer sleeping outside to using homeless shelters.
- Why Some Homeless Choose The Streets Over Shelters
This is a transcription of an NPR Talk of the Nation episode on the reasons some people choose sleeping outside.
- Why Don't Homeless People Stay in Shelters?
An article examining the reasons people shun homeless shelters.
Separation of Family Members
Giving up family for a cot
Some Service Dogs are Barred from Entry
Giving up faithful assistance
Staff Assumptions about Drug Use and Criminality
You are guilty even if you are innocent
Danger of Theft
No protection from thieves
Acting like you share a religious belief for a place to sleep
- Why Homeless Shelters Are for Someone Else
An interesting account of one man's experience with a faith-based charity. The comments are also an interesting read. No, it's not a recent post but he expressed himself clearly and well and some of the comments provide valuable insights.