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  • Sunday, February 27, 2005

    Between 500,000 and 700,000 homeless in America

    In the "beacon of freedom and democracy", in the land of "compassionate conservatism", there are between 500,000 and 700,000 people homeless. Is that "civilised"? Number of Homeless in America Has Grown See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


    At 2/27/2005 02:23:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That's in a total pop of about 270million, an approx 0.26% homeless rate.

    UK numbers look a little murkier:

    At 2/27/2005 03:20:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Indeed, and i've posted about problems with homeslesness in the past here also. However, you cannot escape the fact that any amount of homelessness in a "civilised society" should be unacceptable.

    At 2/27/2005 04:40:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Some homelessness is, in fact, inevitable. Some people do not want a permanent abode, they are drifters, for reasons often best known to themselves. Also, many homeless people both in UK and US really belong in an institution but this is no longer allowed because of misplaced human rights concerns, so now they're often on the street instead.

    At 2/27/2005 05:10:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Ah, the old happy homeless argument. It never had much cred in the 1930s and it certainly hasn't picked any up in the intervening years.

    In Japan, one Ministry of Health study showed over 70% of the homeless population had either alcoholism of mental illness. In many other nations, the problem tends to be more strictly economic in nature.


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