- What should I do if approached by a homeless person?
- How do people end up homeless?
- How can I learn more about homelessness in this area?
What should I do if approached by a homeless person?
1. Don’t give cash. Well intended gifts are most often used to buy drugs or alcohol. If someone is hungry, buy them something to eat. 2. Talk to the person with respect. Even if you are unable or unwilling to help a homeless person, talking to them in a respectful manner and tone will help them to fight the isolation and depression of their situation. 3. Take precautions for your own safety. Some people that are living on the streets are criminals and fugitives running from the law. Be cautious and careful while conversing with homeless people, and do not take unnecessary chances. Stay in areas where other people can see you and help if needed. 4. Tell them about Waterfront Rescue Mission. Giving the local homeless the opportunity to get off of the street is the first step toward breaking the cycle of chronic homelessness that so many are experiencing. Help them discover that opportunity by telling them about Waterfront Rescue Mission.
How do people end up homeless?
There is no one answer or an easy explanation of the situations that can lead one to become homeless. Factors such as mental illness, drug or other substance abuse, divorce or financial hardship, loss of job, personal or family tragedy can all play a part.
How can I learn more about homelessness in this area?
The Department of Children and Families Office on Homelessness located in Tallahassee, puts out an annual report on homelessness conditions in the state of Florida that can be made available to you by contacting that office. In addition, the EscaRosa Coalition on The Homeless and the Homeless Coalition of the Gulf Coast are also vital resources in assessing the homeless population in our area and their needs.