posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 03:11 AM
• 18 per cent year on year increase in children housed in homeless shelters
• 19,000 NYC homeless children, out of 1.6 million in the U.S.
'Since just May, more than 2,000 children have become homeless,' Ralph da Costa Nunez, CEO of the Institute for Children, Poverty, and
Homelessness, told the Daily News about the 18 per cent increase compared to this time last year.
'If the trend continues, we will surely see more than 20,000 children living in shelters by Christmas - a gift that nobody wants,' he added.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg nonetheless has stated that life is better in the big apple than it was 4 years ago.
One 14-year-old who is homeless, told the Daily News that her mother's poor health has kept their family from securing the money they need for
'The area where we are staying now is really bad. I can't go outside because it’s so dangerous,' she said.
Startlingly, 1 in 4 children live in 'food insecure households'. In other words, households in which parents struggle to put food on the table after
paying other household bills.
I'm quite shocked that nationally, there are 1.6 million homeless children in the USA. Why is the USA sending money oversees to feed people who quite
possibly see the USA as an enemy when so much poverty exists at home?
edit on 10-9-2012 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)