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Orwellian_Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-06-07 10:22 PM
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34. Two trends are largely responsible for the rise in homelessness
Two trends are largely responsible for the rise in homelessness over the past 20-25 years: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty. Below is an overview of current poverty and housing statistics, as well as additional factors contributing to homelessness. A list of resources for further study is also provided.


Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. Difficult choices must be made when limited resources cover only some of these necessities. Often it is housing, which absorbs a high proportion of income that must be dropped. Being poor means being an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets.

In 2005, 13.3% of the U.S. population, or 38,231,521 million people, lived in poverty. Both the poverty rate and the number of poor people have increased in recent years, up from 12.5% or 1.1 million in 2003 (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2005). 36% of persons living in poverty are children; in fact, the 2004 poverty rate of 17.6% for children under 18 years old is significantly higher than the poverty rate for any other age group.


What does this say for a culture that even HAS homelessness?

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  -AMERICA- LAND of 371 BILLIONAIRES and 3.5 MILLION HOMELESS Orwellian_Ghost  Dec-06-07 08:52 PM   #0 
  - Sacrificing everything so 371 people can be rich  sandnsea   Dec-06-07 08:56 PM   #1 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-06-07 08:57 PM   #2 
  - Naw, just a dozen or so. Make them wait in line and think about what's  Cerridwen   Dec-06-07 08:59 PM   #3 
     - But you're the good kind of evil and vindictive... :-)  Union Thug   Dec-06-07 09:08 PM   #6 
        - :D  Cerridwen   Dec-06-07 09:16 PM   #10 
        - Looks like we need to line up the overseer class with the billionaires.  Cerridwen   Dec-06-07 09:31 PM   #17 
  - and 2 million foreclosures  gasperc   Dec-06-07 09:01 PM   #4 
  - Ya figure if each of them gave 1 billion a piece  KitchenWitch   Dec-07-07 12:16 PM   #44 
  - Her problem is  patrice   Dec-06-07 09:03 PM   #5 
  - You may be assuming all she needs is a nice warm home, but  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 09:08 PM   #7 
  - Then again  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-06-07 09:13 PM   #8 
  - I said "you may be assuming..."  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 09:21 PM   #13 
     - You see no connections  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-06-07 09:24 PM   #14 
        - O.K. there should be a mental health tax on anyone who  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 09:27 PM   #15 
           - Just as long as you go first.  bobbolink   Dec-06-07 09:38 PM   #21 
           - Do you always resort to personal attacks  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 09:43 PM   #24 
              - You think the "treatment" is so great, you go find out for yourself.  bobbolink   Dec-06-07 09:56 PM   #27 
                 - Thanks for the update.  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 10:10 PM   #30 
                    - Read entire article  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-06-07 10:16 PM   #33 
                    - Hold on, here. You just described mental health  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 10:25 PM   #35 
                       - Could you point to that?  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-06-07 10:36 PM   #36 
                          - I am NOT bitter or cruel  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 10:45 PM   #38 
                          - BWHAHAHAHA!!!  bobbolink   Dec-07-07 01:19 PM   #50 
                          - My apologies, O.G.  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 10:56 PM   #39 
                    - Generalizing?  bobbolink   Dec-07-07 01:10 PM   #45 
           - These are reactionary comments  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-06-07 10:08 PM   #29 
              - Sorry we can't all agree about every little thing.  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 10:13 PM   #31 
              - It's not very often we see someone who is PROUD of being hardhearted.  bobbolink   Dec-07-07 01:17 PM   #49 
              - Callous and cruel, indeed.  bobbolink   Dec-07-07 01:12 PM   #46 
  - That's always the first guess of conservatives... it's sad that liberals have followed in their step  bobbolink   Dec-06-07 09:36 PM   #19 
     - Gosh, doesn't mental health care fall under health care?  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 09:46 PM   #25 
        - Well, that's a great disconnect....  bobbolink   Dec-06-07 09:54 PM   #26 
  - All of this shit we have to go through is for 371 fucking people?  EOO   Dec-06-07 09:14 PM   #9 
  - to be fair- it would be 371 families.  QuestionAll   Dec-06-07 09:33 PM   #18 
  - Fuck'n 1%ers have stolen us blind, literally blind.  lonestarnot   Dec-06-07 09:17 PM   #11 
  - I am curious how it is you think Warren Buffet has "stolen us blind"  A HERETIC I AM   Dec-06-07 09:38 PM   #22 
     - Actually, "every one" of those people  Truth2Tell   Dec-06-07 11:35 PM   #40 
  - This country was founded on that.....  Sarah Ibarruri   Dec-06-07 09:17 PM   #12 
  - Gates, Buffet, and the Google guys are using their fortunes for GOOD.  QuestionAll   Dec-06-07 09:31 PM   #16 
  - Not really  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-06-07 09:36 PM   #20 
  - Allow me to call BULLSHIT.  dantyrant   Dec-06-07 10:06 PM   #28 
  - Thank you for putting a topic very few want to deal with into our awareness!!  bobbolink   Dec-06-07 09:41 PM   #23 
  - Didn't you say the #1 reason for homelessness is the  madeline_con   Dec-06-07 10:16 PM   #32 
     - Two trends are largely responsible for the rise in homelessness  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-06-07 10:22 PM   #34 
     - Who are the homeless?  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-06-07 10:43 PM   #37 
     - Great facts, Orwellian_Ghost!! Should be REQUIRED reading for all "liberals"!  bobbolink   Dec-07-07 01:14 PM   #47 
     - You're not even making sense. I guess troublemaking for it's own sake is  bobbolink   Dec-08-07 02:34 PM   #51 
  - and liberalism will never fix it  leftist_not_liberal   Dec-07-07 07:12 AM   #41 
  - Ah, the Secluded Life  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-07-07 12:11 PM   #42 
  - It's all connected  Orwellian_Ghost   Dec-07-07 12:15 PM   #43 
     - How can people NOT be moved by that picture????  bobbolink   Dec-07-07 01:16 PM   #48 

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