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WASHINGTON -- On any given night 754,000 people across the United States are homeless, according to a new government study on the problem released Wednesday.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in its first study of the scope of the national homelessness problem in 23 years, said that its "snapshot" study based on a three-month period in 2005 showed that two-thirds of the homeless population are men, 16 percent are women, 59 percent are ethnic minorities, 41 percent are in the 31-50 age range and 21 percent are children.
It also said that nearly one in five of the adult homeless are military veterans.
Originally posted by khunmoon
The utmost disgrace is this part:
"one in five of the adult homeless are military veterans"
"Great Nation", "Hono(u)r", "Serve with Pride"...
... what does it mean??
"The $1.4 billion announced today continues the Administration's commitment to ending chronic homelessness and more effectively assisting homeless families," said United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director Philip Mangano. "This funding will support an unprecedented number of local programs- more than 5,300 individual shelter, housing and service projects throughout America- in a tangible expression of the National Partnership which received additional encouragement recently from the President's proposed FY 2008 budget of $4.4 billion for a seventh record year of targeted federal homelessness assistance funding." source linked above
However, Philip Mangano, executive director of the United States Interagency Council of Homelessness, said that the snapshot survey does not represent the full extent of homelessness across the country, as measured throughout the year.the original posters link
754K homeless but the 4.6% unemployment rate would mean that nearly 1.4 million are without jobs. Why are only half of these people homeless? What is this 700K not doing that the other 700K is doing?
Incidently 4.6% is quite acceptable.
Granted if we didnt tax our industies into leaving the country we could have an even less number of unemployed.
But anything within 5%-6% pretty much means that anyone who wants a job can get a job. Unless of course the individual has some medical/mental/drug issues.
Its not easy to do but dont try to make it out to be this horrible impossability that no one but the elite can accomplish.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
In any case, the number of homeless veterans is staggering.
We could give 'em all a home for thirty or fourty grand each, and save more on services and census taking in the long run. Nevermind all the government bureaucracy that's sprung up around the problem to further complicate it and increase overhead as a matter of course - we'd save millions of dollars on that every year. Nevermind the health problems created and exacerbated by homelessness, that often come back around to the taxpayers...
Give 'em houses, in a state of their own choosing.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
Unemployment benefits don't last forever, what about the folks who use up their benefits and still haven't found a job? What about the folks who never qualified for benefits? What about the people who chose not to apply for benefits for whatever reason?