Growing Hunger and Homelessness in America

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    December 22, 2011
    The following originally appeared on OpEdNews.com.

    America’s most needy are largely abandoned by Washington.

    Millions of Americans now endure protracted Depression conditions at a time half the population is either poor or low income. Long-term unemployment is unprecedented, and federal aid is being cut, not increased.

    Two new reports highlight enormous depravation levels and human suffering, getting little or no major media attention. Many affected families used to be middle class. They’re now low-income or impoverished by unemployment or spotty low-pay part-time work.

    Most important is that much worse conditions are coming during America’s greatest ever Depression to last years and devastate many more households than already.

    In December, the US Conference on Mayors published its “Hunger and Homelessness Survey: A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America’s Cities.”

    It covered 29 cities. The period between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011 was examined. Key findings reflected dire nationwide conditions.

    Only four cities said emergency help wasn’t requested in the past year. In two cities, conditions were unchanged. Two others said they improved. Overall, aid requests increased by 15.5%.

    Among those needing it, 51% were in families, 26% were employed, 19% were elderly, and 11% homeless. Causes cited included unemployment, poverty, low wages, and high housing costs.

    Cities reported an average 10% increase in the amount of food distributed. Over 70% of them reported emergency food purchase budget increases. Nonetheless, 27% of people needing it didn’t get it. Demand’s fast outstripping supply and/or the willingness of cities to help during hard times.

    Under tight budget conditions, 86% of emergency kitchens and food pantries reduced the quantity of food distributed per visit to accommodate larger numbers. Moreover, demand is so heavy that people are now turned away.

    No city surveyed expects emergency requests to decline next year. Nearly all, in fact, expect increases given dire economic conditions.

    At the same time, 75% of cities expect emergency resource decreases next year. Over 40% said they’ll be substantial.

    “The combination of increasing demand and decreasing resources was cited most frequently….as the biggest challenge (ahead) in addressing hunger….”

    Of major concern is less federal help and declining food donations. High unemployment and dire economic conditions are taking a terrible toll.

    In the past year, homelessness increased overall by 6%. Among families, however, it rose 16%. For unaccompanied individuals, it grew 1%. Among households with children, unemployment contributed most to homelessness.

    Cities also reported 26% of homeless adults “were severely mentally ill,” another 16% physically disabled, 15% employed, 13% victimized by domestic violence, 13% veterans, and 4% HIV positive.

    On average, 18% of homeless persons needing help didn’t get it. At issue was availability of enough shelters and beds.

    Most cities have policies to prevent homelessness, but measures employed aren’t enough. Nearly two-thirds of them expect family homelessness to increase next year. Over half think unaccompanied individual homeless will grow.

    No city reported budget increases in 2012 to accommodate greater numbers of people. As a result, growing numbers won’t get aid.

    Child Homelessness in America

    In December, the National Center on Family Homeless (NCFH) issued its “State Report on Child Homelessness” titled, “America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010.”

    Over 1.6 million children are affected, one in 45. It reflects a 38% increase over 2007, or nearly half a million homeless kids. They live on streets, in homeless shelters, motels, trailer parks, camping grounds, cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus and train stations, substandard housing, or double up with other families.

    As a result, they endure hunger, poor physical and emotional health, and attain limited reading, math and computer skills. They’re physically, emotionally, academically, and otherwise denied.

    According to HCFH president and founder Ellen Bassuk, their status suggests “an emerging Third World in (America’s) own backyard.” As a result, she urges “no further cuts in federal and state programs that help homeless children and families. Deeper cuts will only create more homelessness that will cost more to fix in the long run.”

    The report’s key findings include:

    1.6 million homeless children in a year, over 30,000 weekly, and more than 4,400 daily; in fact, the survey acknowledges a likely undercount in key states like California because its data collection procedures changed;

    homeless children suffer extreme deprivation and lost educational opportunities; as a result, they’re severely impaired;

    hard economic times are directly responsible;

    only one in five states reported a decrease in child homelessness between 2007 and 2010; 25 states said numbers doubled during the reporting period;

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    Republicans say those people must be lazy. If you stop feeding them, they will stop "breeding".
     
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    Jobs,jobs,jobs
    This government is going to have to force the banks we bailed out and investment firms that ripped off people, billionaires and millionaires to either create jobs or pay the state, not the federal government more taxes to create them for them. The percentage of start up or companies that want to expand should get a fair share as well as state jobs like infrastructure. I believe by skipping the federal government the money will be utilized better. In no circumstance, however can the money be used to pay down debt as that will occur with the taxes generated by sales and taxes from the new employees. The federal government will squander it on other actions. Loop holes must be closed under any circumstances. When the largest corporations are paying little or no taxes and in a few cases getting refunds after posting record profits is nonsense. The excuse that uncertainty is the cause is bull, look at Wall Street over 12,000. Jail the crooks or make this a lawless society for white collar people.
     
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    Or, since it's the Fed's job to manage demand in the economy, have the Fed return total nominal income to where it's supposed to be (it's currently 10% lower than it should be) by way of setting an explicit target and not paying banks 25 basis points to simply sit on reserves.
     
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    Actually no, the Fed's mission is at this link and it's only three things --monetary policy, regulate banks, and tell DGSE that he's wrong.
     
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    America is suffering, and imho the cause is this war the left is waging against the right. Ending the constant attacks seems impossible considering there's nothing the right can ever do that would satisfy the left's hatred --kind of like the fanatical hatred for Israel where the only goal is complete annihilation.

    It's not hopeless, because if peace requires a miracle then we'll just have to have a miracle. In fact, this is the time of year many remember that miracles do happen.
     
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    You're right, I just made up the part about you in the Fed's mission --Happy Saturnalia to you and yours!
     
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    Yea, because slashing education, removing the EPA, giving subsidies to corporations, attacking women's rights and gay's rights, no health care, ending Medicare and putting Social Security into the stock market are the best ways to help the country.

    Do you right wingers really believe all that? You say you do. Remember "Let him die". The next GOP campaign slogan. You guys are stuck with that.
     
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    Libs can't make up their minds. It's hunger or obesity!

    There isn't any hunger in the US. When the libs can come up with a few skeletal kids whose bellies are swollen, then I might be persuaded to consider hunger.

    What I see are fat kids who think that two big macs instead of three is starving to death.
     

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