Homelessness On The Rise

20% of the homeless live in the suburbs, 41% of the homeless are families with children--and other facts you should know about the changing face of homelessness.
August 18, 2003, 11am PDT | Connie Chung
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"Homelessness in major cities is escalating as more laid-off workers already living paycheck-to-paycheck wind up on the streets or in shelters. As Americans file for bankruptcy in record numbers and credit card debt explodes, more workers are a paycheck away from losing their homes. Now the frail economy is pushing them over the edge....Former neighbors and co-workers are on the streets, live with relatives or stay in shelters. Unemployed managers are living with their elderly parents....With no place to live, some homeless are camping out in their cars until work comes along." Although homelessness has increased during past recessions, "advocates say several issues are making the current rise more disconcerting. Those factors include the five-year cap on welfare benefits, a surge in home prices adding to longer periods of homelessness, and the fact that this recovery has been a jobless one, providing little immediate hope."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 in USA Today
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