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  • Monday, October 17, 2005

    One in 400 are homeless in U.S.

    This matches a stat I reseached 4 years ago regarding the homeless in the U.S., but it is still staggering. From American Progress:

    USA Today reports that 727,304 people are homeless in the United States. That tally doesn't include the recently displaced population of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which "multiplied homelessness along the Gulf Coast [by] as much as a hundredfold." Phillip Mangano, executive director of the White House's Interagency Council on Homelessness, estimates that approximately 23,000 Katrina evacuees will still be homeless a year from now. Families with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, which Christine Riddle, director of the Michigan Coalition for the Homeless, attributes to high costs and low wages: "In a low-wage, service economy with manufacturing declining and rents soaring, people can't afford housing." The Center for American Progress will host "Ending Concentrated Poverty" today and will examine a progressive vision for creating housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families.

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