Homelessness on signs
Homelessness is an issue because we live with it all around us and sometimes we don’t care about it. Our parents teach us to ignore, don’t look at, and never ever talk to a homeless man when we go to the city. I was told that these people did something wrong, they want my money, and so on. As I grew up, I realized that this wasn’t always true, and some people never come to understand this. Most of the people who are homeless ran away from something, anything from an unwanted life, or abuse. We may think of homeless people as someone who lost their job, but 25% of them are children. We take this issue as a part of our life, and something that someone else should take care of. I think that just by understanding what homelessness is really like, people will help solve this issue. Many schools do a 'Homeless Awareness' day where kids sleep outside for a night to realize the hardships of being homeless. Other organizations like the CCH combines community organizing and legal aid to the homeless.
I used a background that is colorful with both dark and bright colors created by colored pencils. The dark colors symbolize the shame that the homeless men and women feel, the cold, dark nights they sleep through, and the hunger and pain they feel. The bright colors symbolize the hope, the dark colors turning into bright colors shows that this issue can be fixed. The homeless man I drew is facing toward the bright colors, showing that that is where he wants to be. The cardboard signs are the signs that the homeless people hold up, and that is the main thing that I think of when I think of the homeless people in the world. The signs are the homeless men’s and women’s feelings, and the hope and future they want to have.