More than half a million people are homeless each night in the United States, a new White House report has found. And nearly half of them are concentrated in one state: California.
All told, 47% of all unsheltered homeless people nationwide — meaning those who sleep in areas not meant for habitation, such as sidewalks, parks, cars and abandoned buildings, rather than in shelters — live in the Golden State, according to a new report on homelessness from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Unsheltered homeless people represent just over a third (35%) of the overall homeless population nationwide.
At the city level, four of the five cities with the highest rate of unsheltered homelessness are in California: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa and San Jose. Seattle joins the California municipalities in the top five.
10 Facts About Homelessness
Fact 1: Over half a million people are homeless. On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the U.S., according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most people are spending the night either in homeless shelters or in some sort of short-term transitional housing. Slightly more than a third are living in cars or under bridges or are in some other way living unsheltered.
Fact 2: One quarter of homeless people are children. HUD reports that on any given night, over 138,000 of the homeless in the U.S. are children under the age of 18. Thousands of these homeless children are unaccompanied, according to HUD. Another federal program, No Child Left Behind, defines “homeless children” more broadly and includes not just those living in shelters or transitional housing but those who are sharing the housing of other persons due to economic hardship; living in cars, parks, bus or train stations; or awaiting foster-care placement. Under this definition, the National Center for Homeless Education reported in September 2014 that local school districts reported there are over 1 million homeless children in public schools.
Fact 3: Tens of thousands of veterans are homeless. Over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night, according to HUD. Sixty percent of them are in shelters, the rest unsheltered. Nearly 5,000 are female.
Fact 4: Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), more than 90 percent of homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse, and escaping that abuse is a leading cause of their homelessness.
Fact 5: Many people are homeless because they cannot afford rent. The lack of affordable housing is a primary cause of homelessness, according to the NLCHP. HUD has seen its budget slashed by over 50 percent in recent decades, resulting in the loss of 10,000 units of subsidized low-income housing each and every year.
Fact 6: There are fewer places for poor people to rent than before. According to the NLCHP, one eighth of the nation’s supply of low-income housing has been permanently lost since 2001. The U.S. needs at least 7 million more affordable apartments for low-income families, and as a result, millions of families spend more than half of their monthly income on rent.
Fact 7: In the last few years millions have lost their homes. Over 5 million homes have been foreclosed on since 2008; that’s one out of every 10 homes with a mortgage. This has caused even more people to search for affordable rental property.
Fact 8: The government does not help as much as you think. There is enough public rental assistance to help about one out of every four extremely low-income households. Those who do not receive help are on multi-year waiting lists. For example, Charlotte just opened up their applications for public housing assistance for the first time in 14 years, and over 10,000 people applied.
Fact 9: One in five homeless people suffers from untreated severe mental illness. While about 6 percent of the general population suffers from severe mental illness, 20 to 25 percent of the homeless suffer from severe mental illness, according to government studies. Half of this population self-medicate and are at further risk for addiction and poor physical health. A University of Pennsylvania study tracking nearly 5,000 homeless people for two years discovered that investing in comprehensive health support and treatment of physical and mental illnesses is less costly than incarceration, shelter and hospital services for the untreated homeless.
Fact 10: Cities are increasingly making homelessness a crime. A 2014 survey of 187 cities by the NLCHP found that 24 percent of cities make it a city-wide crime to beg in public, 33 percent make it illegal to stand around or loiter anyplace in the city, 18 percent make it a crime to sleep anywhere in public, 43 percent make it illegal to sleep in your car, and 53 percent make it illegal to sit or lie down in particular public places. And the number of cities criminalizing homelessness is steadily increasing.
The best and the quickest way to resolve this homelessness is to stop being the biggest bully in the world.
US is the biggest bully in the world
Former US President Jimmy Carter said that US spent 95% of its 245 years history in Wars. This is true and you can verify if you Google.
In 2020 US military expenditure reached an estimated $778 billion, representing an increase of 4.4 per cent over 2019. As the world’s largest military spender, the USA accounted for 39 per cent of total military expenditure in 2020. This was the third consecutive year of growth in US military spending.
The US controls about 750 bases in at least 80 countries worldwide and spends more on its military than the next 10 countries combined.
The U.S. Armed Forces are considered the world's most powerful military. The military budget of the United States was US$ 778 billion in 2020, the highest in the world.
The US spends $ 778 billion a year on the military. There are 580,466 homeless people. If the US government were to give each homeless people $ 100,000, the total cost is only $ 58 billion which is about 7.5% of the military budget.
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doesn't matter...America is still the best country in the world to pursue your AMERICAN DREAM..
noted that America is no 1 in the world...survival of the fittest...no body can or dare to fight with America....
Even the america air fresher than malaysia...
Ensuring freedom to express grievances and press freedom allows for better insight into what is happening in a country. Recently the country announce that it had moved ...(forgot the figure) people out of "absolute poverty" . Following that a reporter from Apple Daily who happened to be in one of the villages that "moved out of absolute poverty" reported that the people there did not have piped water and they had to walk 2-3 miles to get it. What soon followed that is like they say is history...the owner of the paper together with many of its reporters were put behind bars..and the paper was forced to close down...The point here is, we should not take reports from official media, especially from autoritarian regimes be the truth..we need to treat them with a generous pinch of salt..
US confirmed bankrupt country, Kiyosaki says October crash is coming, better run before it is too late
KIYOSAKI said the crash in CHINA and not america..
America is good and prospered....
Correctloh...USA should stop being bully loh...cut military expenditure by 20% (this reduce amount still outspend China & Russia combine by a mile mah!} Channel the savings to the homeless poor by providing them accomodations & employments loh!
In terms of per capita income , the US is no.13, Msia is 47 and the PR_ is 79, i repeat 79. KYY should show more sympathy to the poorer countries -- countries that have been devasted by massive floods, exodus of foreign investors, power shortages and blackouts, bankrupcies that put miilions to lose their homes, investments and jobs..and that risk the economies of other countries...This country is a "black box" where whatever happens nobody knows..It is not difficult to speculate the level of "extreme poverty" in this country that is linked to all the problems listed and more...I look forward to a good analysis of what is going on there...and KYY's advice on what we investors should do in the days ahead...