Major U.S. Cities Lack the Capacity to Address Homelessness

The U.S. Conference of Mayors reports in a dramatic decrease in the ability for 25 major cities in the U.S. to aid in homelessness and hunger.
December 21, 2003, 5am PST | Connie Chung
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The US Conference of Mayors reported "a dramatic decrease in 2003 in the ability of most of the nation's 25 major cities to meet these basic needs." "The conference's annual survey found that in nearly all the cities, requests for emergency food assistance have increased by an average of 17 percent over last year, and the demand for emergency shelter rose by an average of 13 percent." One executive director for a non-profit in Boston commented that the study shows that "the working poor can't make ends meet."

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Published on Friday, December 19, 2003 in The Boston Globe
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