Homelessness Is Double Great Depression Levels: 1 In 4 Is A Child
Homelessness is double what it was during the Great Depression. Even more stunning: nearly 1 in 4 homeless people is a child, and that number is increasing. There are four primary reasons for homelessness: poverty, unaffordable housing, domestic violence and illness.
In 1933 at the height of the Great Depression approximately 2 million people were homeless. Of course our country was far smaller. It had nearly 125 million people. Today we have 10 million homeless people at least part of the year in 2013 in a country with over 300 million residents.
So what are we going to do? If we know the source of homelessness for families – and we do – then we need to address those problems.
- Poverty – we need to demand that our government create WPA (Work Progress Administration) – type jobs.
- Unaffordable Housing – there is no shortage of housing after the big banks kicked people out of them. We must reclaim those homes.
- Domestic Violence – this should be a federal agency rather than a nonprofit issue. The agency should teach women how to reclaim their confidence, hone their skills and find support for their children and much, much more.
- Illness – President Reagan closed mental health institutions, and the consequence was those people became homeless. We also have high numbers of veterans who are homeless, many afflicted with PTSD. Veteran homelessness has improved, but we can always expand existing services. People who are mentally ill and homeless should not go to jail – the de facto answer – they should have alternatives which are far better suited to deal with them.
Time to put on our business attire and protest against homelessness.