The article discusses social exclusion and social inclusion of marginal groups such as homeless people. It examines poverty as such, and why poverty is passed on from one generation to another. Furthermore, the article explains the lifestyle of the homeless, discusses homelessness as a symptom of social adaptation, and presents a view of homelessness as a dramatic way of life for many people, showing kinds of adaptation that can take place in the lives of homeless people. The article also describes the results of living in poverty, without home, without relatives, outside of society in the underclass. The term 'culture of poverty' is touched upon in the description. The article presents people who have a distinct way of life. In the view of the article, poverty and homelessness depend on the conditions in the family. Most of the people described in the article have more or less the same social status as their parents have had. Such a situation is possible because there might have never been a tradition of higher education and honest work in the family. The article explains why the crisis of homelessness is not only about lack of services, housing, and jobs, but also a result of mental problems. It explains the crisis of homelessness and reveals the daily struggle of street people to organize their lives and value system without families.
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