Who Really Cares? Empathy Toward Those who are Homeless
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In the three years I have been at Texas State University, I have noticed an increase in the number of homeless people. I have watched other Texas State students walk by these individuals, seeming not even to notice them or their needs. There are many problems that people who are homeless face; violence, food insecurity, and mental illness/substance abuse are just three of the issues that plague the homeless community. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent job losses that followed, many young people have found themselves without a stable living situation and are classified as homeless. I compiled existing research, including interviews on those who are homeless—including some Texas State students—as well as those who work with the homeless population, like social workers, journalists, doctors, and YouTubers. My hope is all of us who care about those who are without homes can work together to find a solution to end homelessness.