Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The U.S. takes a new look at homelessness

Officials seek solutions in wake of Katrina and Rita

More than 700,000 Americans are homeless. Nationwide that means that one in 400 people are without a home. A USA TODAY survey of 460 municipalities reported results to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Recent images of families displaced by the hurricanes are giving the issue of being homeless greater prominence.

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2 comments:

Reggie said...

The US is finally doing what they should have done so many years ago.

Homeless in NYC, DC, LA, Philly and so many other cities that I have personally visited needed this attention 20 years ago. It takes a hurricane to get peoples attention!?!?!

Those millenium development goals set forth by the United Nations also should be stressed in the US, but unfortunately the "powers that be" believe millenium goals are problems for the rest of the world.

Let's see how long this brief spate of critical and meaningful attention lasts before we all shift focus to more pressing distractions like the World Series and Superbowl...

Deb S. said...

Reggie, good points. The sad reality is that classism exists, to some degree, on every continent. No matter where we live, the work to eradicate homelessness is far from over.