Homelessness Misconceptions FAQs

Questions & Answers About Homelessness Misconceptions

Partners Ending Homelessness provides questions and answers to dispel homelessness misconceptions.

What should I do if I am homeless or at risk of becoming homeless?
Aren’t people experiencing homelessness different from the rest of us?
Homeless people like living that way, right?
Don’t homeless people need to be “ready” before they receive housing?
Isn’t homelessness a long-term condition?
Doesn’t giving people blankets, hygiene kits, socks, hats, cash, etc. help to end homelessness?
Should I give money to panhandlers?
Isn’t homelessness always related to mental illness and/or substance abuse?
Aren’t most homeless people single men?
How can I help?