Students learn what it is like to be homeless

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Students Learn What It's Like to Be Homeless

Mental troubles, family issues, and addiction are the common causes that drive people to homelessness. For those who can't relate to those hardships, a greater understanding of what it is like to be homeless might be what it takes to help solve the problem. Several groups are attempting to change the way we approach those experiencing homelessness.

A group of students from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy learned first hand how hard it is to survive homelessness. The students spent a cold night in the downtown area in their own version of a shantytown. The exercise raised awareness on the hardships of homelessness and the students didn't stop there. They partnered with the Cincinnati Police Department in an initiative to help the homeless find housing. The goal is to get the homeless to pursue help from service groups such as Lighthouse Youth Services and find safer alternatives for shelter.

For many, these photos are a familiar sighting, often ignored. Has our society turned a blind eye to homelessness?
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Students learn what it is like to be homeless
In this photo from Feb. 24, 2014, a homeless woman, who gave her name as only Katt, stands on a street corner in Midland, Texas, trying to get donations from motorists. Two Midland police officers were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs from homeless people. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
This undated photo provided by the Midland, Texas, Police Department shows a sign confiscated from a homeless person. Officers Derek Hester and Daniel Zoelzer were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs. (AP Photo/Midland Police Department)
This undated photo provided by the Midland, Texas, Police Department shows a sign confiscated from a homeless person. Officers Derek Hester and Daniel Zoelzer were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs. Asked Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, about why the investigation wasn't made public earlier, city spokeswoman Sara Higgins said it is not the department's standard protocol to announce when an internal affairs investigation is completed. (AP Photo/Midland Police Department)
In this photo from Feb. 24, 2014, three homeless people, from left, Joseph Johnson, Desarie Caine and Ronald King, with their cardboard signs folded against the red railing behind them, take a break from trying to get donations from motorists in Midland, Texas. Two Midland police officers were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs from homeless people. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
In this photo from Feb. 24, 2014, Joseph Johnson, a homeless man, holds the sign he uses when he asks motorists in Midland, Texas, for donations. Two Midland police officers were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs from homeless people. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
In this photo from Feb. 24, 2014, homeless woman, who gave her name as only Katt, stands on a street corner in Midland, Texas, trying to get donations from motorists. Two Midland police officers were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs from homeless people. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
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