What’s for Dinner..

My offering yesterday concerned (who had what) ..and (why) by introducing you to a group of and unidentified individuals, some were (haves) and others, ..were (have not’s).

The nation’s homeless population increased by approximately 20,000 people from 2008 to 2009 (3 percent increase). There were also increased numbers of people experiencing homelessness in each of the subpopulations examined in this report: families, individuals, chronic, unsheltered.

A majority – 31 of 50 states and the District of Columbia had increases in their homeless counts. The largest increase was in Louisiana, where the homeless population doubled.

Among subpopulations, the largest percentage increase was in the number of family households, which increased by over 3,200 households (4 percent increase). Also, the number of persons in families increased by more than 6,000 people (3 percent increase). In Mississippi, the number of people in homeless families increased by 260 percent.

After population reductions from 2005 to 2008, the number of chronically homeless people in the country remained stagnant from 2008 to 2009, despite an 11 percent increase in the number of permanent supportive housing units.

While most people experiencing homelessness are sheltered, nearly 4 in 10 were living on the street, in a car, or in another place not intended for human habitation.

In Wisconsin, twice as many people experienced homelessness without shelter in 2009 as did in 2008.

It is widely agreed upon that there is a vast undercount of the number of young people experiencing homelessness.

Underscoring this is the fact that 35 percent of all communities reported that there were no homeless youth in their communities in 2009.

In recognition of the reality that homelessness is most often caused by job loss and other economic factors, this report explores economic indicators for homeless people and people at risk of homelessness. The economic indicators examined in this report point to worsening conditions across the nation and all states. Using data from (the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey,) (the Bureau of Labor Statistics,) and (RealtyTrac,) this report chronicles the changes in four economic indicators from 2008 to 2009.

Key findings of the report on economic indicators:

Conditions worsened among all four economic indicators examined in this report: housing affordability for poor people, unemployment, poor workers’ income, and foreclosure status.

From 2008 to 2009, the number of unemployed people in America increased by 60 percent from 8.9 to 14.3 million. Every state and the District of Columbia had an increase in the number of unemployed people. The number of unemployed people in Wyoming doubled.

Nearly three-quarters of all U.S.households with incomes below the federal poverty line spend over 50 percent of monthly household income on rent. Over 80 percent of households below the federal poverty line in Florida, Nevada, and California spend more than 50 percent of income on rent. Forty states saw an increase in the number of poor households experiencing severe housing cost burden from 2008 to 2009.

While real income among all U.S. workers decreased by 1 percent in 2009, poor workers’ income decreased even more, dropping by 2 percent to $9,151. Poor workers in Alaska, theDistrict of Columbia, Maine, and Rhode Island saw their incomes decrease by more than 10 percent.

Foreclosure affected nearly half a million more households in 2009 than in 2008, a 21 percent increase for a total of 2.8 million foreclosed units in 2009. The number of foreclosed units more than doubled in Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

While homelessness affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and geographies, there are groups of people at increased risk of homelessness. The demographic indicators examined in this report focus on four populations at increased risk of homelessness: people living in doubled up situations, people discharged from prison, young adults aged out of foster care, and uninsured people. Using data from the (U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey,) the (Bureau of Justice Statistics,) and the (Department of Health and Human Services,) this report chronicles the changes from 2008 to 2009 in demographic drivers of homelessness.

The doubled up population (people living with family or friends for economic reasons) increased by 12 percent to more than 6 million people from 2008 to 2009. In Rhode Island the number increased by 90 percent; in South Dakota the number more than doubled.

In the course of a year, the estimated odds of experiencing homelessness for a doubled up person are 1 in 10.

In the course of a year, the estimated odds of experiencing homelessness for a released prisoner are 1 in 11.

In the course of a year, the estimated odds of experiencing homelessness for a young adult who ages out of foster care are 1 in 6.

While the national number of uninsured people remained relatively constant, 33 states saw an increase in the number of uninsured people.

One of the unique features of The State of Homelessness in America is the simultaneous examination of homeless counts and associated economic and demographic indicators. This affords a unique opportunity to identify states facing multiple economic and demographic risk factors for worsening homelessness.

Half of all states have multiple risk factors for increased homelessness; that is, they have rates worse than the national average on at least two of five indicators (unemployment, foreclosure, doubled up, housing cost burden, lack of health insurance).

The presence of multiple economic and demographic risk factors is associated with higher rates of homelessness. In particular, states with high rates of cost burden among poor households exhibit higher rates of homelessness. Ten of the fourteen states with rates of homelessness greater than the national rate also have levels of cost burden greater than the national average.

California, Florida, and Nevada, ..states known to have been disproportionately impacted by the recent housing crisis, ..have both high rates of homelessness and high levels of unemployment, foreclosure, housing cost burden, lack of insurance, and doubling up.

These findings project a disquieting picture of what depressed wages, stagnant unemployment, unrelenting housing cost burden, and the lagging pace of the economic recovery could bring about: increases in homelessness and heightened risk of homelessness for more and more Americans.

As the new Congress and the Administration consider steps to revitalize the American economy with jobs, extension of benefits, and access to health care, (it would be prudent) to (take note) of these (increased risk factors) and (incorporate homeless interventions) into (their recovery strategy.)

Note: The identifier (their) ..in the preceding paragraph is (unequivocally) ..referring to the Obama administration.

While this “unemployed” U.S. citizen is reduced to soliciting, i.e., begging, to feed himself, ..because the job he had was “outsourced” to China, ..India, ..or Germany?

Preparing for White House (state dinner) for China. 

Our leadership is “wining and dining” the leadership of the countries where “our” jobs have gone.

 

White House (state dinner) for India.

 Barack and Michelle, ..toasting, (most likely) “themselves”. 

When it comes to entertaining, the Obama’s are not outdone by anyone.

 Barack and Sir Paul McCartney.

 Barack and Stevie wonder.

Bob Dylan at the White House. 

 White House Correspondents dinner.

 Attending the gala, Wolf Blitzer and Eva Longoria… 

 ..Kim Kardashian, ..Jesse Ferguson, ..and Kris Jenner.

 

..even Lindsay was invited, ..and why not Barack, ..doesn’t have a problem with substance abusers.

 Not on the guest list, ..this unidentified homeless man…

 ..nor did this unidentified homeless girl attend. 

And why should she, ..her attire is definitely wanting and although I can’t identify the denomination of the bill in her hand, I’m guessing that it’s a dollar, ..accordingly, I would judge that the young lady has less than two dollars to her name. Definitely substandard for the White House.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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