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Rising Tide of Suburban Homeless Across U.S.


Society & Culture  (tags: society, culture, homelessness, politics, news, economy )

Cal
- 1522 days ago - msnbc.msn.com
'Truly reaching a stage of being alarming,' one official says



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Revaru Anabela (17)
Tuesday February 16, 2010, 10:20 pm
THIS IS SO WORRYING AND SHAMEFUL! sad! SAD! SAD!
 

Cheree M. (249)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 12:57 am
I agree w/ Revaru Anabela . This is Sad. Thanks Cal.
 

Naoko I. (258)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 2:25 am
It is quite similar in Japan, too.
 

Mike Feenaughty (270)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 12:11 pm
Noted.
 

serge vrabec (279)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 4:49 pm
You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim, da do da do.
 

serge vrabec (279)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 4:50 pm
or his old lady......lol.
 

Diane B. (28)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 6:49 pm
I am curious as to what the percentage of people is who lived by the motto "Live for today, tomorrow will take care of it's self". I know of a few people who are close to losing their homes. Sadly, I really don't have sympathy for them. They spent like drunken sailors. When the housing market boomed, they refinanced their mortgages to take out the "extra money" that their homes were now worth, at the time. AND they spent it! They thought the market would continue rising. Now they are all in foreclosure. What? They didn't put any away for a raniy day, in case one of them lost their job? I just shake my head. My motto, live below your means, buy if you really need it. Treat yourself on occasion.
I do feel for those that do live right and due to extreme circumstances have ended up losing everything. This is a scary world. I'm sure there will be many lessons learned from all this.
 

Anna S. (0)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 7:14 pm
Hey Diane I agree that many folks must buy, buy, and buy some more. Stuff that they don't need, but the TV tells them they MUST have if they want to be Happy, Sexy, or whatever. Max out the credit cards, find yourself living in your car (if you're lucky enough to have one).

However, major industries farming out jobs to Third World countries doesn't help-- the massive bail-outs only helped those who really didn't need help-- the rich. (No one had to give up their private jet.)

God Bless America. Where the rich get richer, and the poor don't matter...
 

Cate S. (7)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 9:12 pm
A society is judged by the way it treats its least able and most vulnerable.
 

Monica D. (580)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 1:09 am
Very sad.
 

Ellinor S. (41)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 3:02 am
sad story
 

Kythera Grunge (40)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 8:56 am
Not good. We need to not treat "US" companies who have their goods manufactured outside this country NOT as "US" companies. Rather, import tax the heck out of them. Getting them in the pocket book will force more jobs back to the states.
 

Catherine Turley (198)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 1:53 pm
i cannot tell you how many average families i've been helping this year. it's unprecedented. the people i know who have lost their homes were not indulgent. they were paying in full and on time until their payments doubled. and many are struggling due to medical bills. if you're in trouble, take advantage of the resources out there. many churches will pay a one-time utility bill, and often have a food giveaway day. you just have to call around. also, in many cities you can dial '211' for human resource referrals. and treasurebox.org gives out $75.00 boxes of food for $30.00, if in your area. if not in your area, you can work with them to set up a distribution site at your local church or community center.
 

Anna S. (0)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 3:29 pm
Thanks Catherine.

I agree that many people on the streets were not indulgent. I live very simply, lost my retirement account in the crash, have no health insurance, work part-time, and am only a step away from the street, myself.

My family may eventually need the resources you list... Thanks again-- a kind heart is a priceless gift.
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 4:12 pm
Thanks Cal

Perhaps we could all donate some of our butterfly points to help these homeless people.

It seems a bit odd to me that in the richest nation state on our planet there are so many homeless people. What kind of society accepts this kind of thing? I suspect a caring society does not.

What amazes me about these statistics is that they are reporting growth from some defined base, which means that there were homeless people well before the current downturn. I first visited the USA in 1969, and saw homeless people then, so basically things have not changed, they've just got worse.
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 4:13 pm
Thanks Cal

Perhaps we could use our butterfly points to help these homeless people. But a policy shift is needed to rectify the problem.
 

Kathleen R. (3)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 5:05 pm
The truly sad part of this whole thing is that it didn't get much press or the involvement until it reached outside of the cities. It was ok as long as it didn't bother anyone in the burbs or farmlands and such. No one wants to fix anything until they themselves are affected by it.
 

Sherri O. (256)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 7:19 pm
People are homeless, with little hope...but we send billions of our tax dollars overseas in foreign aid.

We have no jobs...but immigrants, legal and illegal, continue to swarm in, vying for the few jobs there are.

People are quick to help Haitians, etc,......but the guy on the street, who is full of despair, isn't worth a glance, never mind a dollar or two.

Children from foreign countries are all the rage for those who wish to adopt........but our own children wait , unloved, unwanted, believing they are worthless.

Our jobs have been shipped overseas to places like China and India, the next two giants (India had better win or the world is really screwed). The U.S is no longer kingpin.

To those of you who are politically correct, this is the end result of your stupidity. You have effectively eroded everything to the point of near destruction in the Western world. No government could have managed to carry this off without the gleeful contribution and support of yourselves. If any of you have not lost your jobs, your homes, your hope, I pray you do. And soon. I also pray you never recover. Never! You are despicable, each and every one of you.


 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 7:40 pm
noted, thanks.
 
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