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Homeless Rate Remains Steady; Sluggish Economy Counters Effort To Offer More Housing Options

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 3, 2013

By KEVIN FREKING

Millions people consider US as dreamland, however; the homeless figure revealed seems terrible. Each January, thousands of workers with local governments and nonprofit agencies fan out across the country to count the number of homeless people living in shelters and on the streets during a specific 24-hour period. The latest count estimates the number of homeless at 633,782, according to the Housing and Urban Development Department. The year before, the number stood at slightly more than 636,000.

A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy.

A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy.

The federal government and local communities have greatly increased the number of beds available to the homeless over the last four years, either through emergency shelters or through government-subsidized apartments and houses. But the struggling economy contributed to the number of homeless people in the United States remaining stable between January 2011 and January 2012.

The biggest drop occurred with veterans while homelessness within families increased slightly, according to the latest national estimates.

Each January, thousands of workers with local governments and nonprofit agencies fan out across the country to count the number of homeless people living in shelters and on the streets during a specific 24-hour period. The latest count estimates the number of homeless at 633,782, according to the Housing and Urban Development Department. The year before, the number stood at slightly more than 636,000.

Within those numbers was a more encouraging trend: The percentage of homeless veterans as well as those homeless for more than a year each dropped by about 7 percent. Agencies are focusing their dollars on getting the long-term homeless into permanent housing and then providing them with support services such as counseling and job training. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hunger And Homelessness Rise In U.S. Cities: Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 21, 2012

By Susan Heavey and Lisa Lambert and Lucia Mutikani

People passing a homeless man begging for money, London.

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Across the United States, the number of hungry and homeless people is growing, and budget fights at the federal level are threatening the aid many need to survive, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said on Thursday.

Amidst the holiday season of family feasts and corporate dinners, the mayors released a report that found requests for emergency food assistance rose in 21 out of the 25 cities it surveyed in 2012 and remained at the same level in three. More than half the cities said homelessness increased.

“This report is a stark reminder of the long-lasting impact the recession has had on many of our citizens,” Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, said in a statement. “Families, who once lived in middle class homes, now find themselves without a roof over their heads, needing multiple social services for the first time in their lives.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Homeless Students Top 1 Million, U.S. Says, Leaving Advocates ‘Horrified’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 29, 2012

 By Saki Knafo and Joy Resmovits
Homeless Students  

Back in November of 2005, Diane Nilan had what she now concedes may have struck some people as a “crazy notion.” She’d been working as advocate for homeless families in Illinois, getting frustrated by the glacial pace of political and bureaucratic change, when she decided to sell her town house, buy a Gulfstream motor home, and set out on the road to talk to homeless families living around the country. She drove to Pensacola, Fla., and then to Lafayette, La., and then to a tiny town in Texas, where she met a little boy who had been abandoned by his mother. She spoke with homeless children and their families at campsites and motels and shelters, and filmed them in an attempt to share what she learned.

Since then, she’s become one of the country’s most prominent experts on family homelessness, logging 148,000 miles and talking to families in about 30 states. So she wasn’t entirely surprised when she heard the latest bleak statistic: 1 million homeless students in America, according to a report released by the Department of Education this week. Talking to the families of such students, she said, she hears “the same story time after time. Lost their job, had some medical problems, things fell apart, boom, boom, boom. Now they’re living in shelters or motels.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The End of Time

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 1, 2010

Huffington Post By Ann Reynolds*

What will our future be? Everyone wants to know. Depending on who you listen to, one future is new and exciting, the other terminal and scary.

Why is “One Day at a Time” so hard to do? Is it because we just can’t bear to live without time?

Just being here Today can be a challenge. If we live in the past, we may spend Today there. And if we live in the future, we probably remember the past, but may not even recognize Today. Time is complicated.

We invented clocks that record our invented time no matter what we think or do. Since we invented all this, it sure seems we could perceive time in any way we choose.

We’re also told we don’t have the power to alter time in either direction. We’re young but never get to be older, or we’re older and never get to be younger, but is this true? Are we buying into a certain time based on how others compartmentalize us based on chronology? Read the rest of this entry »

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