Reagan And Homelessness

Homeless activists blame the Reagan administration for rise in homelessness in the 1980s.
June 15, 2004, 6am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Praise for the late President Ronald Reagan's sunny resonance with the common man has been rasping all week on the ears of many activists and social workers who watched in vain as homelessness exploded under his watch -- and they hope the history books remember one thing:

Before Reagan, people sleeping in the street were so rare that, outside of skid rows, they were almost a curiosity. After eight years of Reaganomics - - and the slashes in low-income housing and social welfare programs that went along with it -- they were seemingly everywhere. And America had a new household term: 'The homeless'."

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Published on Friday, June 11, 2004 in Common Dreams
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