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Rise in Tent Cities and Child Homelessness in the USA



According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, one in every 50 American children experiences homelessness.  Homelessness affects children in a multitude of ways, including both their physical and mental health.  Over two million youths, between the ages of 12 and 24, will experience at least one episode of homelessness each year.  More than 100,000 youth sleep on American streets for 6 months or longer, and many of these children and teens will experience violence and a multitude of abuse.  Children on the streets are at increased risk for commercial sexual exploitation, including forced street prostitution.
Earlier this year the National Center on Family Homelessness published the report, Homeless Children: America’s New Outcasts, the report highlighted America’s hidden shame and showed the devastating numbers of Americas growing problem. In the report, which surveyed 2005-2006, it was found that child homelessness has now capped that of anytime since the Great Depression.more

New ‘Occupy’ tent camps are popping up as quickly as US authorities can dismantle them. But some encampments have been around for much longer, and the people there have felt abandoned for years. ­Tent cities of outrage are popping up all across the US over the last months, less visible to the public eye and much quieter. One such tent city of hopelessness has been around for half a decade. This is RT’s third visit in about two years to a village tucked away in the woods. The number of homeless turning to the camp for hospitality keeps growing. The population of the tent city has tripled since it was first set up. The place is home to about 70 homeless people who have nowhere else to go. One third of them are women, all feeling ashamed to leave their tents in the presence of a camera. The mood in the tent camp has become increasingly politicized over the last year.

Homeless children at ‘absurdly high number’

One in 45 children in the USA — 1.6 million children — were living on the street, in homeless shelters or motels, or doubled up with other families last year, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness.
The numbers represent a 33 percent increase from 2007, when there were 1.2 million homeless children, according to a report the center recently released.
“This is an absurdly high number,” said Ellen Bassuk, president of the center. “What we have new in 2010 is the effects of a man-made disaster caused by the economic recession. … We are seeing extreme budget cuts, foreclosures and a lack of affordable housing.”
The report paints a bleaker picture than one by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which nonetheless reported a 28 percent increase in homeless families, from 131,000 in 2007 to 168,000 in 2010.
Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania professor of social policy, says HUD’s numbers are much smaller because they count only families living on the street or in emergency shelters.
“It is a narrower standard of homelessness,” he says. However, Culhane says, “the bottom line is we’ve shown an increase in the percentage of homeless families.”
The new study, a state-by-state report card, looks at four years’ worth of Education Department data. It assesses how homeless children fare based on factors including the state’s wages, poverty and foreclosure rates, cost of housing and its programs for homeless families.
The states where homeless children fare the best, the report says, are Vermont, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Maine.
It finds the worst states for homeless children are in Southern states where poverty is high, including Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, and states decimated by foreclosures and job losses, such as Arizona, California and NevadaMore at Source
Below in the blue is a comment I left in regards to this comment left on this post:  And? I lived a bit in cars as a youth and I turned out well enough. Is anyone asking the hard-line question: Why are these people homeless? It’s usually their own fault.
Don’t highlight crap like this. Oone of the recurring themes of Occupy is the misguided notion that everyone has some right to housing. They don’t. Garbage like this is only fueling the liberal push for socialism..

This is what I left: I’m not pushing the liberal/socialism/communism button. I’d say a lot of these WHITE families are homeless due to so many jobs leaving this country prices of everything keep rising while what so and so created 2,000 new jobs in a state with how many applicants and they say that thinking that will be just another band aid on the reality of what is going on. Has nothing to do with liberal or socialism. It has to do with doing right for the children. They didn’t ask for this, it’s not their faults their mom or dad are strung out on whatever, can’t find a job. Where suckered into possibly thinking that they could afford a $300,000 or higher home on a $25,000 income. and the fault of the Jew media/Federal Reserve/Wall Street that contribute to the over sensationalism of overspending and keep up with the latest Jew inspired reality show, music, sports, whatever also has a lot to do with it. Along with a greedy Government that wants to hand out money left and right to the everyone else but their own.

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