A little{?} public news


      Hi again,

 Just a little news today that I thought a few of you might be interested in. Homelessness in America ia a Big problem. Read this please:
Some statistics regarding homelessness in America

More than an estimated 750,000 homeless people are on the streets any night in the United States. Only 250,000 shelter spaces are available.

This situation leaves over 500,000 people with no where else to be but in public (US Conference of Mayors, 2001).

Atlanta has roughly 2,600 shelter beds in the Metropolitan area; estimates of the homeless population, in the Atlanta area range between 11,000 and 20,000 (Research Atlanta, Inc., 1997).

The Northeast Georgia Homeless Coalition estimates that 246 adults and 27 children are currently homeless in the Athens area alone. 
Some statistics regarding homelessness in America

More than an estimated 750,000 homeless people are on the streets any night in the United States. Only 250,000 shelter spaces are available.

This situation leaves over 500,000 people with no where else to be but in public (US Conference of Mayors, 2001).

Atlanta has roughly 2,600 shelter beds in the Metropolitan area; estimates of the homeless population, in the Atlanta area range between 11,000 and 20,000 (Research Atlanta, Inc., 1997).

The Northeast Georgia Homeless Coalition estimates that 246 adults and 27 children are currently homeless in the Athens area alone.

Homelessness in the United States

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 

Homeless American

Homelessness in the United States has continued to remain a focus area of concern of social service providers, government officials, and policy professionals since its resurgence among many types of individuals and families.[1] The number of homelesspeople further grew in the 1980s, as housing and social service cuts increased and the economy deteriorated. The United States government determined that somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 Americans were then homeless.[2]

Over the past decade or so, the availability and quality of data on homelessness has improved considerably, due in part to initiatives by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and several nongovernmental organizations working with homeless populations. Since 2007, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued an Annual Homeless Assessment Report, which reports to Congress the number of individuals and families who are homeless in the previous year, both sheltered and unsheltered, in order to standardize data and collection processes for government officials and service providers.[3]

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 643,067 sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons nationwide as of January 2009. Additionally, about 1.56 million people used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program during the 12-month period between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. This number suggests that roughly 1 in every 200 persons in the US used the shelter system at some point in that period.[4]

According to the United States Conference of Mayors, in 2008 the three most commonly cited causes of homelessness for persons in families were lack of affordable housing, cited by 72 percent of cities, poverty (52 percent), and unemployment (44 percent),[5] and top ideas to stop homelessness were more housing for persons with disabilities (72%), more or better paying employment opportunities (68%), and more mainstream assisted housing (64%).[6]

I truly hope we can grasp how our country is heading. In my opinion I believe there are more homeless people out there than our country can keep up with. I hope this is an attention grabber for many. Most people are compassionate and caring. Pray for our leaders to be guided by Christ. It’s the only way to help.

Thank You,

 Steve M

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I am a very average guy from the foothills of NC.I have been married 34 years now and have two great children, Both grown. I have a superlative sense of humor which is what my blog will be mostly about. Things i say or see offhand. Thanks for listening.
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