As Poverty Continues to Rise in the U.S. so do Tent Cities*

Posted: September 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Homelessness has gotten so bad in California that the L.A. City Council has formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a state of emergency.

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As Poverty Continues to Rise in the U.S. so do Tent Cities*

By Michael Snyder

Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.  According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.

It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60% since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year.  Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but…

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Comments
  1. swo8 says:

    and we call ourselves a first world country???
    Leslie

    • According to my reckoning, the US ceased being a first world country with Bush’s declaration of the war on terror. It was at that point that the limited federal funding that went into mental health care was transferred to the defense budget and the mentally ill were left to molder on the streets and in penitentiaries.

  2. Alan Scott says:

    Leonard Cohen sang “Democracy is coming to the USA” – but I think he was mistaken.

  3. Restless Mind says:

    I remember reading somewhere that we have a lot of empty homes that can house the homeless. But of course, that’ll never happen.
    There’s so much stigma associated with homelessness that it doesn’t help to make their situation any better. It’s so easy to drive by in your car as you pass by them, judging “This is where you end up if you’re lazy”, or “Stop having kids”. But, like the post mentioned, it won’t be long before even more middle-class families would join the tent communities. Mortgage debts, medical debts, all these things add up.
    It says a lot when the median income in a city/community is often way below the median cost of living in the said city/community. People’s income remains stagnant, yet prices of other things continue to rise. Any suggestions of increasing income is countered with “We’re going to raise prices!”. We’re not a first world country anymore. We’re just a country full of prideful ego.

  4. You makes some excellent points, Restless – especially about the epidemic of homelessness in the face of thousands of homes sitting vacant. Take Back the Land and Occupy Homes are both grassroots groups that helped families squat in empty homes – which were getting a fair amount of media attention recently.

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