Homeless Quotes

Homeless Quotes & Homelessness Sayings

There are 150 million people globally on any given night who will have to sleep in the street, in their cars, or abandoned spaces. Homelessness is an issue that spans across all parts of the globe. There are overwhelming numbers of homeless people in first-world countries, third-world countries, and countries torn apart by conflict. Our selection of homelessness quotes helps to raise awareness and provoke actions to address this inequality.

The Canadian Definition of Homelessness states that homelessness is “the situation of an individual, family, or community without stable, safe, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means, and ability of acquiring it.” 

Despite how all-encompassing this definition may appear to be, it does not capture every detail about homelessness. About 2% of the world’s population may be homeless. Another 20% lacks adequate housing. Homelessness affects people in different ways. These differences are even more important because we would need to consider them to make an effective plan to address this issue. One strategy may not be successful in every community.

Related: Homelessness Facts & Statistics

Below are some of the best inspiring and provocative homeless quotes that address the issue and proffer possible solutions.

25 Homelessness Quotes

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"As an immigrant, I truly believed when I was coming to this country that people had the tools necessary to life to live a life that is prosperous, that is just and free. So, every single day, I am shocked with the hypocrisy of this country. That we are the wealthiest nation in the world. But we cannot figure out how to house our homeless people."  - Ilhan Omar #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #equalopportunity #sustainablefutures #thinkgreen #makeadifference #inclusion #gogreen #equalrights #weareallone
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As an immigrant, I truly believed when I was coming to this country that people had the tools necessary to life to live a life that is prosperous, that is just and free. So, every single day, I am shocked with the hypocrisy of this country. That we are the wealthiest nation in the world. But we cannot figure out how to house our homeless people.

- Ilhan Omar


A multiple record-breaker, Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American member of Congress, the first woman of color to hold elective office from Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women to serve in Congress. Omar had fled her birth country, Somali, during a civil war and migrated with her family to the United States in the 1990s. She represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Council of Economic Advisers report states, “Over half a million people go homeless on a single night in the United States. Approximately 65% end up in homeless shelters, and the other 35% —just under 200,000— remain unsheltered on (the) streets”. As Omar’s homeless quotes reflect, the staggering statistics of homeless people in the US reveals that homelessness is a prevalent political and socio-economic problem that does not leave out even “wealthy” nations.

"We can't forget that there are so many young people who are homeless - and unbelievably vulnerable."  - Stacey Dooley #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #inclusion #bethechange #equalopportunity #equalrights #impact #makeadifference #sustainablefutures
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We can't forget that there are so many young people who are homeless - and unbelievably vulnerable.

- Stacey Dooley


Stacey Jaclyn Dooley, an English television presenter and journalist, is best known for her TV roles, her first being Blood, Sweat, and T-shirts. She has made television documentaries for BBC Three concerning child labor and women in developing countries.

The National Center on Family Homelessness reports that “A staggering 2.5 million children are now homeless each year in America.”. This report validates Stacey Dooley's heartfelt homelessness quote. Dooley opens our eyes to what homelessness might do to our future if we refuse to do the needful.

"We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can't solve."  - Linda Lingle #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #makeadifference #collectiveaction #equalopportunity #sustainablefutures #gogreen #equalrights #inclusion
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We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can't solve.

- Linda Lingle


Linda Lingle, an American politician, stands out as the first Republican elected governor in Hawaii since 1962, first county mayor elected governor in Hawaii, and the first female elected governor in Hawaii who served from 2002 to 2012. Before serving as governor, Lingle served as Maui County mayor, council member, and chair of the Hawaii Republican Party.

Linda Lingle delivers the sad news in her homeless quote. Homelessness is so common that we’ve almost accepted it as normal. And when something seems normal, only radical efforts can change the status quo. There’s no reason why we should accept homelessness as a part of life. We must dispel our pessimism and work towards making the world a haven for everyone, where homelessness will become a thing of the past.

"Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless."  - Pras Michel #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #equalopportunity #inclusion #dosomething #makeadifference #sustainablefutures #dotherightthing #equalrights #weareallone
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Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.

- Pras Michel


“Don't try to drive the homeless into places we find suitable. Help them survive in places they find suitable.”

~ Daniel Quinn

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

~ Mother Teresa

“People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.”

~ Sheila McKechnie

"We all, as individuals, can and should act compassionately and charitably. We can volunteer our time, energy, and dollars to help the underprivileged. We can feed the hungry, house the homeless. Most of us feel a moral and ethical responsibility to do so - to 'do unto others.'"  - Stephen Moore #trvst #quotes #homelessness #ethical #energy #volunteer #homeless #hungry #inclusion #equalrights #dotherightthing #makeadifference
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We all, as individuals, can and should act compassionately and charitably. We can volunteer our time, energy, and dollars to help the underprivileged. We can feed the hungry, house the homeless. Most of us feel a moral and ethical responsibility to do so - to 'do unto others.'

- Stephen Moore


Stephen Moore is an American writer and television commentator on economic issues. He was a writer for The Wall Street Journal and a Wall Street Journal editorial board member. Moore co-founded and served as president of the Club for Growth. He is a member of President Trump’s economic task force.

Moore's homelessness quote is a clarion call for philanthropy, and he did well to highlight how we can all participate in this call. Moore refers to “do unto others,” which means we should advocate for others, the things we would need if we were in their position. Life, as we know it, is uncertain; we may, inadvertently, find ourselves on the other side of the coin.

"When passerby's ignore homeless people, they don't know if that was a man or woman in uniform previously. They should not be invisible. They cannot be ignored."  - Max Martini #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #equalrights #sustainablefutures #dosomething #equalopportunity #weareallone #beinspired #inclusion #makeadifference
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When passerby's ignore homeless people, they don't know if that was a man or woman in uniform previously. They should not be invisible. They cannot be ignored.

- Max Martini


Famed for his roles as Corporal Fred Henderson in Saving Private Ryan (Amazon), Wiley in Level 9, First Sergeant Sid Wojo in The Great Raid, and as Master Sergeant Mack Gerhardt on the military television drama, The Unit; Max Martini is an American television actor, writer, and director. Inspired by his encounters with veterans and active-duty military during his acting career, as a form of gratitude, he wrote, directed, and starred in his movie, “SGT. Will Gardner.” 

Max Martini has a special kind of relationship with veterans as he has met and worked with several during his acting career. After service, many veterans become homeless due to factors beyond their control. Martini thus advocates, in his homelessness quote, the need for society to stop being indifferent to the homeless.

"Being homeless is like living in a post-apocalyptic world. You're on the outskirts of society."  - Frank Dillane #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #society #equalopportunity #sustainablefutures #dogood #weareallone #equalrights #bethechange #inclusion
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Being homeless is like living in a post-apocalyptic world. You're on the outskirts of society.

- Frank Dillane


"I'm not sure why working at a homeless shelter made sense to me, except that I needed to immerse myself in some sort of larger real-life situation to get me out of the cage of my mind, in some ways."  - Nick Flynn #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #makeadifference #thinkgreen #sustainablefutures #equalopportunity #takeaction #inclusion #equalrights
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I'm not sure why working at a homeless shelter made sense to me, except that I needed to immerse myself in some sort of larger real-life situation to get me out of the cage of my mind, in some ways.

- Nick Flynn


"I started a student organization that was basically designed to connect students with homeless folks. We visited them and sometimes brought food, but mostly we were there for swapping stories."  - Matthew Desmond #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #food #students #equalopportunity #weareallone #socialchange #sustainablefutures #equalrights #bethechange
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I started a student organization that was basically designed to connect students with homeless folks. We visited them and sometimes brought food, but mostly we were there for swapping stories.

- Matthew Desmond


"A homeless veteran should not have to stand at a freeway exit with a cardboard sign. That's not okay."  - Joe Walsh #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #equalrights #weareallone #planetearthfirst #equalopportunity #sustainablefutures #ecoconscious #makeadifference #inclusion
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A homeless veteran should not have to stand at a freeway exit with a cardboard sign. That's not okay.

- Joe Walsh


Giving time and money in support of homeless

"If my fans want to do something for me when that time comes, I say, don't waste your money on me. Help the homeless. Help the needy... people who don't have no food... Instead of some big funeral, where they come from here and there and all over. Save it."  - B. B. King #trvst #quotes #homelessness #dosomething #waste #homeless #food #inclusion #weareallone #dotherightthing #makeadifference #equalopportunity
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If my fans want to do something for me when that time comes, I say, don't waste your money on me. Help the homeless. Help the needy... people who don't have no food... Instead of some big funeral, where they come from here and there and all over. Save it.

- B. B. King


A renowned award-winning guitarist and singer, Riley B. King, best known as B. B. King (Amazon), is a force to reckon with in the world of music. Many came to know him as "the Beale Street Blues Boy" when he began his career as a disc jockey in Memphis, Tennessee. His song “Three O'Clock Blues,” which reached No. 1 on the R&B charts, became his first national hit.

In his homelessness quote, B. B. King instructs his fans to divert whatever resources they may want to spend on him to those actually in need of them.

Cause and effect

"What shocks me is that so many people leave care and become homeless, and when you're homeless you get into crime, prostitution and drugs, and it is a vicious circle. That's what we need to change."  - Samantha Morton #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #makeadifference #weareallone #dosomething #inclusion #sustainablefutures #takeaction #equalopportunity #equalrights
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What shocks me is that so many people leave care and become homeless, and when you're homeless you get into crime, prostitution and drugs, and it is a vicious circle. That's what we need to change.

- Samantha Morton


Samantha Morton started her acting career at thirteen when she dropped out of school to attend Central TV junior workshops. Regarded as one of the compelling actors of her generation, she has won Oscar nominations for her roles in two movies. Other accolades she has received include a British Academy Television Award, a British Independent Film Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

Morton is amazed by how previously comfortable people, all of a sudden, become homeless. Little wonder the rate of homelessness increases day by day globally. Also, homelessness does not come in solitude, as noted in Morton’s quote. Homeless people are prone to indulge in crimes. Homelessness is a form of deprivation, and an average human being would want to get out of the dismal situation by every means possible.

"Most people never really sat down and got to know a homeless person, but every homeless person is just a real person that was created by God and it is the same kind of different as us; they just have a different story."  - Ron Hall #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #equalrights #socialimpact #equalopportunity #sustainablefutures #beinspired #inclusion #makeadifference
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Most people never really sat down and got to know a homeless person, but every homeless person is just a real person that was created by God and it is the same kind of different as us; they just have a different story.

- Ron Hall


Ron Hall is a successful art dealer whose life was transformed forever when he befriended a homeless man, Denver Moore, while he volunteered at homeless shelters. The friendship blossomed and birthed the bestselling book Same Kind of Different As Me (amazon), co-written by Hall and Denver in 2006. The book was later adapted into a movie. In 2017, Denver founded a nonprofit organization, the Same Kind of Different As Me Foundation, which provided emergency needs for homeless shelters, notably smaller homeless shelters that do not have large support bases.

Everybody has a story. Hall urges us to look beyond a person’s status as ‘homeless’ and learn about them as an individual.

Quotes from those with lived experience of homelessness

"I've lived in many things - boats, caravans, and buses. I've been homeless, I've had no money: everything. But I believe in magic, and having a vision. The tough times made me a warrior. I work hard."  - Neon Hitch #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #sustainablefutures #makeadifference #dogood #equalrights #weareallone #planetearthfirst #inclusion #equalopportunity
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I've lived in many things - boats, caravans, and buses. I've been homeless, I've had no money: everything. But I believe in magic, and having a vision. The tough times made me a warrior. I work hard.

- Neon Hitch


Neon Hitch, an English singer, and songwriter grew up in a family of circus performers and with a Bohemian upbringing. Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem’s label, The Beats, signed her on before it closed down. Later, Benny Blanco discovered her on MySpace, then flew her to New York City to work with him. Their work together earned her a music publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Having gone through such a big challenge and coming out of it with her vision still intact, we cannot but appreciate Hitch’s resilient spirit. She was able to draw positivity from her not-too-good experience and proceeded to become one of the popular musicians of the 21st century.

"When I recently spent a night at a homeless shelter, I was dismayed that members of the middle class had moved in and that earning above the minimum wage did not protect adults from having to share a room with dozens of others."  - Jackie Speier #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #equalrights #collectiveaction #sustainablefutures #makeadifference #beinspired #inclusion #equalopportunity
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When I recently spent a night at a homeless shelter, I was dismayed that members of the middle class had moved in and that earning above the minimum wage did not protect adults from having to share a room with dozens of others.

- Jackie Speier


Jackie Speier is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, who currently serves as a U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district. Newsweek named her in their list of 150 “Fearless Women” in the world.

Jackie Speier unveils one of the hidden truths about homelessness in her quote. Gainful employment is not enough to fortify us against homelessness. This political and socio-economic problem affects all and sundry irrespective of economic status.

"I just think if I can go from being a homeless kid with a dream of being in the biggest band in the world and making that happen, I can do a lot of other cool stuff, too."  - Nikki Sixx #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #makeadifference #sustainablefutures #thinkgreen #weareallone #equalopportunity #collectiveaction #equalrights #inclusion
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I just think if I can go from being a homeless kid with a dream of being in the biggest band in the world and making that happen, I can do a lot of other cool stuff, too.

- Nikki Sixx


Originally named Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna Jr., Nikki Sixx took a keen interest in music at an early age. Sixx is best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe (Amazon). 

Nikki Sixx’s homeless quote challenges anyone who may be going through some difficult times. Pulling one’s self out of poverty isn’t easy. It takes both personal effort and the support of someone (or a community) willing to give a helping hand. But if Nikki Sixx could go from zero to hero, we should all try to make the best of our situations.

"I consider the homeless just as important as the richest of the rich."  - Lauren Daigle #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #inclusion #gogreen #equalopportunity #sustainablefutures #planetearthfirst #makeadifference #equalrights
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I consider the homeless just as important as the richest of the rich.

- Lauren Daigle


Lauren Daigle is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. Her debut album, “How Can It Be” (amazon), is certified platinum by the RIAA and has produced three certified Gold singles. A two-time Grammy Award winner, she has won other awards such as seven GMA Dove Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and two American Music Awards.

Lauren Daigle, in her homeless quote, openly says that she does discriminate based on economic status and that she “considers the homeless just as important as the richest of the rich.” When we stop prioritizing people’s socio-economic status as an indicator for offering empathy and support, our world will improve on a whole other level.

Conclusion

Societies cannot continue to ignore the issue of homelessness. We should not force our homeless people into the shadows or berate them for finding shelter where they can. All in an attempt to preserve a false image of flourishing communities. Instead, we should address the issue of homelessness head-on. People, communities, and governments should work together to ensure that every resident of a state has a safe, clean, and warm space to call theirs.

More Helping the Homeless Quotes:

"I met this homeless man who had never owned a shirt in his life. He had taken his pants and worn them as a shirt and I thought it was so creative. He was liberated from the conventions of fashion."  - Julia Stiles #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #creative #equalrights #sustainablefutures #dogood #weareallone #makeadifference #gogreen #equalopportunity
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I met this homeless man who had never owned a shirt in his life. He had taken his pants and worn them as a shirt and I thought it was so creative. He was liberated from the conventions of fashion.

- Julia Stiles


"When passersby ignore homeless people, they don't know if that was a man or woman in uniform previously. They should not be invisible. They cannot be ignored."  - Max Martini #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #inclusion #impact #makeadifference #sustainablefutures #dotherightthing #equalrights #equalopportunity
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When passersby ignore homeless people, they don't know if that was a man or woman in uniform previously. They should not be invisible. They cannot be ignored.

- Max Martini


"Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market."  - Chris Gardner #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #inclusion #impact #makeadifference #sustainablefutures #dotherightthing #equalrights #equalopportunity
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Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market.

- Chris Gardner


"What shocks me is that so many people leave care and become homeless, and when you're homeless you get into crime, prostitution and drugs, and it is a vicious circle. That's what we need to change."  - Samantha Morton #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #weareallone #inclusion #impact #makeadifference #sustainablefutures #dotherightthing #equalrights #equalopportunity
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What shocks me is that so many people leave care and become homeless, and when you're homeless you get into crime, prostitution and drugs, and it is a vicious circle. That's what we need to change.

- Samantha Morton


"It's hard being homeless at any age, but at 16 years old? I can't even imagine. When you're a homeless teen, how do you build a future or have any sort of life?"  - Stacey Dooley #trvst #quotes #homelessness #homeless #makeadifference #inclusion #changetheworld #equalopportunity #weareallone #dosomething #sustainablefutures #equalrights
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It's hard being homeless at any age, but at 16 years old? I can't even imagine. When you're a homeless teen, how do you build a future or have any sort of life?

- Stacey Dooley


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