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In David A Snows book Down on their Luck depicts the lives and horrors of homeless people in Austin Texas Homelessness is a crisis that has had an impact in our lives Many people think that homeless people are those who are the mentally ill that are a threat to society however that is not the case Majority of people who are victims of homelessness are those who have been pushed out of their homes victims of environment catastrophes the elderly runaways and unemployed individuals who are forced to move out because they cant pay rent Some even face homelessness when they flee their countries for political and economical reasons There are three themes in Snows book that I feel are significant to address The first theme I will talk about are the three dimensions of homelessness Each of the groups in Snows book experience some degree of homelessness but the nature of that experience often varies considerable among them These differences can be clarified by considering three separate dimensions of homelessness The first dimension being life-style characterized by the absence of conventional permanent housing the second dimension being the presence or absence of familial support and the third dimension being the degree of dignity and moral worth associated with the various categories of homelessness These dimensions may be reasons why people become homeless Snow feels that homeless street people are more likely to be perceived as homeless by virtue of their own imperfections or moral failingsp 9 As we can see from this quote people dont take the three dimensions into consideration when viewing the causes of homelessness People feel that the reasons for homelessness are inadequate work-skill laziness and failings in life The second theme I will address is the inadequate care homeless people have in hospitals The poor do not qualify for Medicaid because they dont make enough to get insurance Thus many homeless people have to go to hospitals
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