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Engl 202A Project 5 August 7, 2017 The Real Hunger Games: A Study of the Homeless in Dallas From Riches to Rags "Five years", "since ‘95", "three weeks ago", "self-mutilation"," drugs", "alcohol", "7 deadly sins", "prison", "CPS"—these are some of the answers I have gotten from the homeless about how long they have been without a home and what caused their homelessness to start. There are two different worlds in Dallas that I now know. There is the world in which I live. This world takes a fancy to the finer things in life, for instance, hot water at any instance, clean water to drink whenever thirsty, a room filled with clean laundry and rows of shoes just waiting to be selected and worn. Then there is the homeless world, a world where humans are wiped of their ego, where they have to ask for basic things like a hygiene kit or clean clothes, where clean and hot water are rare commodities. Two worlds divided by a class of people; those who have homes and those who do not. Each side is weary of the other, often forgetting that on the inside we are all the same. The homeless live everyday on what is given to them by others and have mastered the ability to live on limited resources. They become innovative when looking for safe places to sleep, finding food to eat, or conducting daily hygiene. This population is riddled with stereotypes of being lazy, useless, helpless, dirty and criminal just to name a few. Life in the City
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Anyone who’s ever been to a city knows it has a lot to offer. From the busy business professionals scurrying from one meeting to the next, to the tourists filling up the “must try” restaurants, to the landmarks and museums being cluttered with those snapping photos to never forget their trip. However, there are also the homeless. They can often be found on various corners begging for money, food, or clothes. The homeless population can really put a damper on the vibe of a city, but what if we understood them better? What if cities as a whole came together to understand what the homeless really want and need to overcome homelessness? It was a typical Monday morning with the exception of a new errand to do before work, go to The Stewpot. All I had to do was to meet with Laura and propose my semester long research project to her. The air was crisp and the sun was just right. I reached the side door I was instructed to use and pressed a buzzer that alerted someone inside to come unlock the door. As I walked in I began to take in all the sites. There is a small couch to my left and coffee and a vending machine to my right, at the end of the coffee table there is a passcode door that makes you turn left to head down a hallway that houses the door to medical. The hallway ends, leaving you no choice but to turn right. This is where Laura and I stop and chat. To my left is the window for dental and to my right is a door to a good sized conference room. As the conversation flowed we head toward the intake area. There is a large table with chairs all around it and offices that line all the walls. A small area is blocked in by a half wall that has plexiglass to fill up the other missing half. The
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