Homelessness Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old homelessness quotes, homelessness sayings, and homelessness proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Dreamin' of bad things to be or not to be / Haunting things like homelessness all the lonely people / Without a job car or food to eat / Leaves you a little bit paranoid well.     

Ray Ransom

Brutality and acid rain, homelessness and so much pain / Crazy times, violent crimes, its enough to blow the mind.     

Jascha Richter

Where are the amber waves of grain / When one of our homeless native sons has hunger pain / Under the overpass they build a fire for heat / They can't remember when they had a meal to eat.     

John Lawry

It is a special kind of homelessness to be evicted from your dreams.     

Karen Russell

Even though homelessness reaches into the depths of despair, there's also a pride and beauty in it, as well.     

Anthony Mackie

To a homeless man, home is literally where the heart is.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

No matter how much you give a homeless person for tea... you never get that tea.     

Jimmy Carr

After all, a homeless man has reason to cry, everything in the world is pointed against him.     

Jack Kerouac

Clanless, lawless, homeless is he who is in love with civil war, that brutal ferocious thing.     


The hungry and the homeless don't care about liberty any more than they care about cultural heritage. To pretend that they do care is cant.     

E. M. Forster

Before you ignore another homeless person on the street, just remember that that could be someone's father or someone's mother and they have a story.     

Syesha Mercado

We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can't solve.     

Linda Lingle

We just can't stop people from being homeless if that's their choice.     

Tony Abbott

The world of the homeless is a tough and interesting world.     

Paul Dano

They are safe but they are not in their homes. They are city-less. I think it's just a disaster for everyone.     

Teri Hatcher

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

Sheila McKechnie

We must all work together to end youth homelessness in America.     

Jewel Kilcher

Homelessness is the actor's fate; physical incapacity to attain what is most required and desired by such a spirit as I am a slave to.     

Edwin Booth

Most homeless kids are on the streets because they have been forced by circumstances that cause them to think that they are safer there than in any home they once knew.     


More and more people are facing homelessness and housing problems.     

Adam Sampson

Homelessness among seniors is a tragedy we never want to see happen. Fortunately, the city does not have a large population of seniors without permanent housing, and although we have seen a slight increase - less than one-half percent - they make up less than 3 percent of the city's homeless population overall.     

Angela Allen

Realistically, you aren't going to be able to completely end homelessness. But we certainly can do a much better job that we're doing right now.     

Cliff Smith

Although homelessness can happen to anyone, it just wasn't expected.     

Linda Lewis

Our ultimate goal is to help people end their homelessness. The Street Needs Assessment is a new tool that we will use to help us achieve this goal.     

Phil Brown

Homelessness is a problem that people don't come in contact with on a daily basis. It tends to not get the publicity that a major disaster would get.     

Phil Frame

Homelessness is a part of our American system. There should be nothing wrong with this condition as long as the individual is not sentenced to unnecessary suffering and punishment.     

Jerzy Kosinski

People think that homeless people are not human beings and that it's OK to hurt them and, most importantly, they think they can get away with it.     

Michael Stoops

Chronically homeless means constantly homeless; it means repeatedly homeless.     

Linda Lingle

A man who lives everywhere lives nowhere.     

Marcus Valerius Martial

Support for shelters and transitional living and housing programs is necessary if we are going to change the landscape for homeless boys and girls in America.     

Jewel Kilcher

I was born and raised in the ghetto, on welfare, two minutes from homeless.     


Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.     

Jerzy Kosinski

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.     

Philip Emeagwali

I grew up with a family that had very little and were at times homeless.     

Misha Collins

The average family earning minimum wage spends 141 percent of their income struggling to meet basic needs - food, shelter, clothing.     

Sherrod Brown

Homelessness is not just an isolated social evil. It is the catalyst and the breeding ground for other problems such as marriage difficulties and family breakup, stress, unemployment and alcoholism..     

Eva Burrows

To save a life is a real and beautiful thing. To make a home for the homeless, yes, it is a thing that must be good; whatever the world may say, it cannot be wrong.     

Vincent Van Gogh

Poverty is the mother of crime.     

Marcus Aurelius

What I know about street outreach is that it is essential to dealing with the issue of youth homelessness.     

Jewel Kilcher

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.     

Irish Proverb

Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.     

Pras Michel