Myth: Homeless people should just get a job

Mission Myth Busters

When you see someone sleeping under a bridge or panhandling do you think, "Why can't they just get a job?" CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries, Dennis Van Kampen, addresses the myth that getting someone off the street is as easy as just getting a job. At MTM we have found that there could be many barriers to housing apart from unemployment.

Possible causes of homelessness could be:

Broken relationships


Job loss


Mental illness


Death of a family member

Physical injury/illness

Lack of community & support networks

The Mission Myth Busters series seeks to address misconceptions about homelessness and helps to bring awareness to issues people experiencing homelessness face.


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