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Economic crisis transforming US homeless population

 
September 9th 2009
 
The face of homelessness in the US is changing with more families, white people and non-city dwellers seeking shelter, according to a new report by the US Department of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD's 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report found the number of families seeking shelter increased from 28.9 per cent to 32.1 per cent between 2007 and 2008, while the number of white, non-Hispanic sheltered individuals increased 4.1 per cent in the same period. The report also highlighted a decrease in the number of previously homeless people staying at residences, with more occupants coming direct from living with friends or family. Meanwhile, the sheltered homeless population in suburban and rural areas increased from 23 per cent to 32 per cent. The data collection period ended on 30th September 2008, as the downturn in the US was gaining momentum. The report concluded: "There is little evidence to suggest that the early months of the economic recession have created a surge in the number of sheltered homeless persons.‚Äö?Ñ?? However, it went on to admit that "the early signs of the recession's impact are present‚Äö?Ñ??. Because the report was produced before the economic crisis escalated, there could be much worse to come, especially, as the report points out, as "there is an expected time delay between the moment someone loses [his or] her job or home and the moment [he or] she enters the shelter system.‚Äö?Ñ?? HUD plans to start issuing quarterly reports to keep an eye on developments. Meanwhile the Obama administration has earmarked $1.2bn to combat homelessness.
 
 
 

September 2009

 

Contents

Best foot forward

Jumping the gun

Doing the Kiltwalk

Sally forth

Homelessness Hurts

The soup report: The right help in the right place at the right time?

Space at Emmaus

MP's expense and being on the street

Anger at a common scene

Operation Loose Change

London's 15 per cent rise in homeless

Swine flu preparations made

Goings on at Novas

Westminster fails to follow up on street count accuracy

Inquest goes ahead as homeless man's family is found

Charities squabble with politicians over homeless rights

Bum fights caused 27 deaths last year

Professional beggars working in Leicester

Belfast local charged with murdering his nephew

Seattle "breached constitutional rights‚Äö?Ñ?? by refusing tent city

Thames Reach, Blenheim partner up

Homeless services to pay for banning animals

Economic crisis transforming US homeless population

Street Shield 7: The Missing Man

 

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