The participants in this study were asked four questions: How does being homeless impact the way I perceive myself? How does being homeless impact my personal outlook and/or personal development? What/how strong are my hopes of getting out of this situation? And what is my perspective on having a permanent residence or home? Many participants felt like those around them were judging them, which made them embarrassed of their situation. They also expressed that they try to look at the positives of where they are and where they are going. Throughout their answers they discuss how the stereotypes impact they way they perceive themselves and those around them, one participant said: For a lot of us, it is just that we are here. You can beat me over the head all you want; I have to figure this out myself, and thank you for offering. [Nonetheless] you know I’m going to try to be as nice as I can. It is not the end of the world: I do not have to be a bad person because I am homeless. I do not have to be mean and scream and yell and tantrum like a three-year-old either (23).
Many of these homeless people feel like they are completely looked down upon and expected to act out of line because of the way they are viewed by the public. Another participant explained that lots of times people will hassle them on the street and treat them like they are scum. He explained