Can You Pass This Month’s Test on Homelessness?
Homelessness is a perplexing social problem. The basics of food, clothing and permanent shelter are escaping as many as 80,000 men, women and children throughout Los Angeles County. Some estimates suggest more than 100,000 unsheltered individuals reside within the county.
Some who can help the homeless refuse. Others don’t know how. For example, should you give items to homeless people? Or should they earn everything received?
One fact is clear, though. The more you know about homelessness, the more effectively you’ll be able to help. Homelessness is the problem, not homeless people. One of the best ways to learn about homelessness? Take our monthly Quick Quizzes. They’ll reveal what you know about the unsheltered, and what you need to learn.
So let’s see how you do with this month’s brainteaser.
1. Most homeless-appearing panhandlers on the West Side are:
A. Scammers preying on your sympathy.
B. Members of panhandling teams.
C. People truly in need.
D. Misguided individuals too lazy to work for a living.
2. Most west L.A. County homeless people are rehoused easily.
3. Annual government-sponsored “homeless counts” are:
A. Inaccurate to a degree at assessing the true number of unsheltered people in Los Angeles County.
B. Remarkably accurate at assessing the true number of unsheltered people in Los Angeles County.
C. A valid and reliable scientific method of tabulating how many homeless people live in Los Angeles County.
D. A waste of time and effort for all involved.
4. In order of priority, which of the following best describes WSHO’s assessment of local homeless people’s needs?
A. Suitable places to sleep, food, bathroom and shower facilities, clothing and shoes.
B. Ownership of vehicles, suitable places to sleep, medical and dental care, fellowship in appropriate houses of worship.
C. Suitable places to sleep, educational opportunities, county welfare, food stamps.
D. Jobs, educational opportunities, suitable places to sleep.
5. West Side Homeless Outreach’s overall goal is to empower local homeless people and facilitate their permanent rehousing.
For the ANSWERS, please click here. West L.A. County homeless people need your assistance more than ever. You can help us help them. West Side Homeless Outreach is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charity, so your donations are completely tax deductible. Individuals, families, companies and other groups are among our biggest backers. To become one of our valued supporters, click on donate.
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