Growing number of homeless single fathers showing up in local shelters

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    Posted: 06/16/2012 07:14:41 AM PDT
    Gary Baney poses with his son Erik, 9, and Loraine, 10, Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Door of Hope, a transitional home for homeless families in Pasadena, where they all once lived. Baney says he has been raising his children alone for seven years after his wife, a meth addict, left. The shelter is seeing an increase in dads raising kids alone.

    After more than a quarter century of housing homeless families, the Northwest Pasadena shelter, Door of Hope, has reached a new milestone:

    For the first time in its history, there are more homeless single fathers in the house than any other statistical group.

    "It's an increase I've seen trending in the last couple years but more so in the last few months," Executive Director Tim Peters said. On Wednesday, four of the seven families at the shelter were single dads with children.

    A survey of homeless shelters and food banks in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier area found an increase in single fathers but not the majority experienced by Door of Hope. Nonprofit groups serving the poor and homeless populations say the numbers of down-and-out dads are a result of high unemployment, the highest wave of foreclosures in U.S. history and sluggish job growth.

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