Becoming homeless happens for many reasons, but being homeless literally feels like one has been dropped off the face of the planet. One is no longer part of the collective cultural or societal imagination, few want to know about you, and it's a matter far more complex than not having a roof over one's head. Homelessness extends beyond the average psyche's ability to cope with daily events and is thus a threat to collective mental stability and health - not least of which because shelter is something humans need not only physically but mentally as well. Homelessness reaches into the depths of where to go and what to do on a moment to moment basis, binding one to the present moment without relief or . Homelessness thus increases one's mental The homeless are not worse people than non homeless people - they may, however, due to a loss of hope involving their circumstances and the inability to process or deal with daily/psychic events due to having no place of their own to effectively deal with them, (through tasks such as cleaning, sorting items or furniture, or taking care of oneself the way people do when they have a home) may act differently or less virtuously than they would had they a home, which does not help their circumstances of getting a home, their mental health, 0r place within the collective imagination if they hold one other than as a nonexistent no-one. By the educated class, homelessness is not shunned - it's disregarded completely. A homeless person is not looked upon poorly within the scope of life - they're dismissed altogether.
Shelter is as much mental as it is physical - it provides us with the opportunity to live out our lives into and within a space, compose our life within its parameters and arrange it to our liking. Within this space we are free to be true to ourselves in a way that might not be possible in the presence of other people. Spiritually, we are apt to expand our consciousness safely and without injury to our health (without risk of going too far or mental decomposition) in order to further our growth as human beings. Only with boundaries are we able to expand our reach. This provides not only essential privacy - vital for maintaining one's health and wellbeing through reflection and peace of mind - but also safety from outside intrusion.
Further disabling to the homeless population is the lack of employment opportunities and organization of opportunities within one's life and the community within which one can serve and better be seen as a vital part of the local integral community. Without an opportunity to better oneself, human beings are dislocated from their life force and further disabled from helping the community, which a valuable life is made of - with stagnation comes death and further disrepair.
This can only be remedied with better preventative measures and the ability to empathize with people who are homeless, rather than disregard them completely.
It is of considerable interest that libraries are the focal point of many homeless people - not only because they are free access and a place of refuge, but because those who have been dropped from cultural and collective consciousness can find their bearings and refine their output in the world of books, current events and cultural and political discourse. Libraries offer not only a sanctuary for the mind and body, but a home in one's mind and a place to call one's own.