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View Poll Results: What name do you use to refer to homeless people
Homeless
58
55.24%
Transients
0
0%
Vagrants
1
0.95%
Bums
28
26.67%
Hobos
8
7.62%
Tramps
0
0%
Drifters
1
0.95%
Beggars
0
0%
Waifs
0
0%
Deadbeats
1
0.95%
Destitute
0
0%
Paupers
0
0%
Derelicts
0
0%
Other: Name it below.
8
7.62%
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What do you call the homeless?

Old 11-07-09, 11:09 PM
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What do you call the homeless?

A friend the other day referred to homeless people as transients.

It got me thinking what the most popular term for them was.
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Old 11-07-09, 11:12 PM
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Re: What do you call the homeless?

Homeless.
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Old 11-07-09, 11:14 PM
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Homeless.
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Old 11-07-09, 11:16 PM
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Old 11-07-09, 11:46 PM
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Re: What do you call the homeless?

I don't know, what?

Sorry, I thought you were telling a joke.
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Old 11-08-09, 12:32 AM
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Re: What do you call the homeless?

There are different types who live on the streets so it's hard to classify everyone into one single group.

You have those who are really homeless--those who actually lost a home due to layoffs and were a working part of society.

Then you have those who are just bums--who don't want to work. For whatever reason, it was their choice to not work and move from city to city.

Then you have those who are mentally ill, who don't have homes and couldn't hold a job if you gave it to them. Either the state closed down mental facilities (Yeah, I'm talking about you, Oregon) and/or the state is unwilling to acknowledge them and give them appropriate care (I'm still talking about you, Oregon).

And then you have yet another segment who are rather young and just don't give a fuck and want to squeeze every dime out of passing pedestrians because they can't handle "authority".

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Then you have those who are mentally ill, who don't have homes and couldn't hold a job if you gave it to them. Either the state closed down mental facilities (Yeah, I'm talking about you, Oregon) and/or the state is unwilling to acknowledge them and give them appropriate care (I'm still talking about you, Oregon).
Yeah, I heard once that more than 2/3rds of our homeless would be in a facility for the mentally ill.

When I used to work in downtown Portland there was a guy who would sit in the alcove of a building muttering to a toothpick. When he was lucid, he would try to apologize to people for mumbling other times.

Fortunately people understood he wasn't trying to hurt anyone, nor beg, so they'd get him a cup of coffee and some bagels on their break if he was decided to stay in the alcove for the day.
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bums
I think that's what Jesus called them.
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I voted for "hobo" but only because there's no option for "wino".
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Old 11-08-09, 01:27 AM
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Otter Farm.
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Old 11-08-09, 01:57 AM
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Re: What do you call the homeless?

Homeless.

Most of your alternatives are tags attached to people who've chosen a particular way to live; not due to circumstances beyond their control.
The most visible core group are the bums/winos/etc. who are a small minority of that population and wind up on the streets instead of in shelters.
Just a few hours ago I was checking out at a NYC supermarket where the only person in front of me was clearly living on the streets but was buying REAL food; sandwiches and such. He was unshaven, his clothes were heavily soiled and he seemed slow...however he didn't smell of anything unlike many others (esp. alcohol). Poor guy was really hard of hearing and couldn't figure out his PIN to pay with a debit card but opened his wallet and there was the info. He had an Amex Optimo CC, a NY Benefits card (welfare) and something else. The cashier was able to finish his purchase as he was telling me that he's 88 years old...
Some of these people can really affect you but after so many, you become inured.
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Homeless or bums.
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Old 11-08-09, 03:02 AM
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I don't call them. If you show them attention they become attached.
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Street Trash
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twikoff.....

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Tsk, tsk. Hobos may be without homes, but the homeless are not hobos.
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Homeless
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Bonan-the unwashed.
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Housing-disadvantaged.
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Old 11-08-09, 07:47 AM
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Urban Outdoor Enthusiasts
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