Date of Award


First Advisor

Francisca Oyogoa

Second Advisor

Jennifer Daniels


This project delves into many dynamics of homelessness with a sociological and psychological lens. This project is only focused on the homeless experience in the United States. The main question asked is, what is it really like to live on the streets? The voices of people who are actually homeless are utilized to depict the experience as truthfully as possible. The main focus is on what those who are homeless have to say and what their main complaints are. This thesis also explores what factors lead people to be homeless and suggestions as to how to end homelessness. The role of the bystander, people who walk by the homeless, is also explored; it scrutinizes how housed people dismiss and ignore the status of the homeless. A list of some of the resources and aid available to them is also included. This project is clear in the stance that people should not be homeless; there are enough resources and money in the United States to house everyone.

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