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Homeless Kids in US Number 1.6 Million

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Fully 1.6 million children in the United States -- one in 45 kids -- were homeless last year, living in shelters, cars, abandoned buildings and parks, a study released Monday found.

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Elvina A (92)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 12:29 pm
I would really want to know how much the US government spend on their military compared to how much is spent on their own poor people!?

Elvina A (92)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 12:29 pm
I would really want to know how much the US government spend on their military compared to how much is spent on their own poor people!?

Kit B (276)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 12:58 pm

Policy Basics: Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go?

An Overview of how some of our taxes and borrowing is spent:

In fiscal year 2010, the federal government spent $3.5 trillion, amounting to 24 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While the level of 2010 expenditures — as a share of GDP — exceeds those of recent years, the composition of the budget largely resembles the patterns of recent years. Of that $3.5 trillion, almost $2.2 trillion was financed by federal tax revenues. The remaining $1.3 trillion was financed by borrowing; this deficit will ultimately be paid for by future taxpayers. (See box for the recession’s impact on the budget.) As shown in the graph below, three major areas of spending each make up about one-fifth of the budget:

■Defense and security: In 2010, some 20 percent of the budget, or $705 billion, paid for defense and security-related international activities. The bulk of the spending in this category reflects the underlying costs of the Department of Defense and other security-related activities. The total also includes the cost of supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which totaled $170 billion in 2010.

■Social Security: Another 20 percent of the budget, or $707 billion, paid for Social Security, which provided retirement benefits averaging $1,175 per month to 34.6 million retired workers in December 2010. Social Security also provided benefits to 2.9 million spouses and children of retired workers, 6.4 million surviving children and spouses of deceased workers, and 10.2 million disabled workers and their eligible dependents in December 2010.

■Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP: Three health insurance programs — Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — together accounted for 21 percent of the budget in 2010, or $732 billion. Nearly two-thirds of this amount, or $452 billion, went to Medicare, which provides health coverage to around 47 million people who are over the age of 65 or have disabilities. The remainder of this category funds Medicaid and CHIP, which in a typical month in 2010 will provide health care or long-term care to about 60 million low-income children, parents, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Both Medicaid and CHIP require matching payments from the states.
Two other categories together account for another fifth of federal spending:

■Safety net programs: About 14 percent of the federal budget in 2010, or $496 billion, went to support programs that provide aid (other than health insurance or Social Security benefits) to individuals and families facing hardship.

These programs include: the refundable portion of the earned-income and child tax credits, which assist low- and moderate-income working families through the tax code; programs that provide cash payments to eligible individuals or households, including Supplemental Security Income for the elderly or disabled poor and unemployment insurance; various forms of in-kind assistance for low-income families and individuals, including food stamps, school meals, low-income housing assistance, child-care assistance, and assistance in meeting home energy bills; and various other programs such as those that aid abused and neglected children.


Judy C (97)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 12:58 pm
Of all the outrages of inequality in this country, this callous disregard for poor children may be the worst.

lee e (114)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 1:18 pm
Thanks Kit, now we need to "focus on the family" - like in a progressive way! Let's get the millionaires money to pay for some inequity in this country!!! Meanwhile Boehner and Cantor want to screw the poor and what's left of the "middle class" (what's the middle class"?)

lee e (114)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 1:19 pm
oh - and they'd also invest in their stock market and industrialize the military! UGH!

MmAway M (507)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 1:20 pm
Thank you Kit! I feel so sad that all of our "Celebrities and Millionares" care more about other Countires than the one they live in and the One that they made their $$ in...WHAT is with THAT????????????????

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 1:22 pm
Well, it IS so much more important that we be able to invade other countries and kill their people under the guise of security than it is to take care of our own, dontcha know?

Yvonne W (229)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 1:32 pm
I knew many Homeless kids when I was in High School, most were drop-outs who would find a way (usually illegal) to pool money to rent an appartment or room for however long they had money to cover, and all of them would live there until they were kicked out, or arrested.. most went to the army when arrested, Vietnam saw a lot of "jail or army" draftees..:(

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 1:32 pm
How are homeless children, without an education, ever going to make it?

Anna Borsey (66)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 2:25 pm
An excellent reson why free contraception and enforced sterilization is an absolute necessity, as the vast majority of these children are the products of poor, uneducated, lower class parents who probably never even wanted them in the first place.

SPAY & NEUTER the HUMANS !!! Otherwise we will all very soon be in dire trouble.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 3:51 pm

It is true that so many children were not wanted, or the parents found the burden of trying to feed and house a child just too over bearing. Some children leave home rather then being beaten or worse. Many think that just because they want a child they are prepared for a child, not true.

What will happen to these children? With a little luck, they will find a good foster home, that does cost money from the state. It's also a dangerous business to being trading in a child's life for money. The state facilities are over-crowded and underfunded. Without much thought we all know that sadly these children will become schooled on the streets, hardened to the rules of society and accustomed to the rule of survival. Or the next generation of crime. Is their life not also a crime? Is this the best we can offer as a society?

pam w (139)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 4:12 pm
WHAT? All those precious ZYGOTES?

Eternal Gardener (745)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 5:26 pm
What a world we are living in with governments valuing war more than their future generation... have we always been this morally void? Sick and utterly sad!

. (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 6:13 pm
It definitely is an outrage to see any child homeless or in want of basic care. However much I may believe in individual responsibility, when it comes to children the standards have to be different due to their inability to provide for their own needs.

Agnes N (703)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:23 pm
Thanks Kit ..for the posted

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:54 pm
Re: Homeless Kids in US Number 1.6 Million
The articles states: "Of the children affected, 42 percent were under the age of six." I can't think of anything more heartbreaking.

The politicians, the religious right and the special interest groups that make it difficult, if not impossible, for struggling women to obtain affordable birth control or access to safe abortions bear a good deal of responsibility for this situation. So why aren't they looking after these unwanted children? They put a lot of time, effort and money into making sure they were born, so why can't they put a lot of time, effort and money into making sure that they are well cared for?

Glenn Byrnes (197)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 9:35 pm
Knowing some homeless people myself, I feel that more should be done for them.

Agnes N (703)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 10:54 pm
Help the homeless and starving children in America

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 12:30 am

Funds could be allocated to ecology and people -- life, instead of war and destruction.

Virginia Esquer (10)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 12:32 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 12:34 am
Merci, Kit & Agnes.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 1:11 am
Noted. Thanks for the info.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:13 am
When children are hungry, homeless and no longer cared for by its society we have officially hit rock bottom with the proper criteria to now officially be noted as a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. This article breaks my heart. Thank you for making us all more aware.

K B (89)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 3:52 am
What should we do

Ingrid A (524)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 7:24 am
How sad.

Brenda Towers (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 9:04 am
Noted with sadness.

Joe R (190)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 10:20 am
No excuse for this to be happening in the US.

Latonya W (82)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 1:33 pm
This is sad and scary I have to look in a way to start helping them in 2012........Any suggestions?

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 1:38 pm

The article was posted to break your heart and most important make people aware. Each person can something to help, get active in your community or the closest town or city near your. Just waiting for the government to DO something will not help a single child.

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 1:48 pm
I disagree with Anna - many of these children were born before 2008 when parents lost their jobs and inflation sky-rocketed - yes some of these children are born to what I call "welfare families" but the biggest issue is the inability for parents to support their families as they used to be able to - in my opinion - Anna might as well be a globalist - they want eugenics - they have been practicing it here in the US for decades - How would it feel if I said - sorry Anna - but you have a bad gene - you are to be sterilized as well as your children.

Bill E (41)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:29 pm
More money is spent on bank bonus's in a single year than what we have spent on our war effort in Iraq. Many of these children are homeless because their parents have lost their jobs and they have lost there homes.
America is still a rich country, probably the richest in the world. It is a crime that the richest country in the world can't take care of its own children.

Frania Duenas (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:56 pm
Not enough words to express the dissapointment....

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 4:35 pm
I believe all foreign aid should be stopped and the people in this country should be taken care of first. For the most part our aid to other countries is misused and is not appreciated.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 4:47 pm
So sad. But the U.S. seems to care more about unborn children, so...

Myron Scott (70)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 5:43 pm
Yah know, Val, I don't don't five a rat's ass when they were born. They're still children.

Thank you, GOP.

Myron Scott (70)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 6:17 pm
PS, Val: WHAT inflation? That's the one economic problem Bush hasn't left us with to any substantial degree. Except, of course, health care costs.

I do, however, absolutely agree with you regarding forced sterilization.

The only people I want to neuter are the unrepentant 1% and the GOP.

Myron Scott (70)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 6:32 pm
I also do not agree that with the foreign aid excuse, esp. as regards truly humanitarian aid. We spend a relative pittance on that kind of foreign aid; and it is not ok with me if kids in Somalia or Haiti starve, sicken and die, any more than it's ok here at home. That kind of Ron Paul us versus them thinking will kill us all, as a species, if our destruction of the environment doesn't do it first. There are far better places to cut, starting with our military spending, the weaponry supplier asoect of foreign aid, the money we waste on the our longest, least successful war (the War on Drugs), our out-of-control intelligence ops, and our subsidies to extractive and polluting industries.

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 8:45 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.

Catherine Turley (192)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 8:47 pm
i like this idea:
we may not be able to give all of these kids a home, but we can provide education and stability. this program buses homeless kids from all over the county to a school specifically designed to educate homeless kids.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 9:00 pm
Criminal when I find out a few of the wasteful things my tax dollars are going into, and where! I want my tax dollars to be spent on people in need, animals, forests, indigenous people and wildlife here at home first, After EVERYONE has a home, health care, education, food...and all waters, soils, air and animals are taken care of, I can accept spending some money on other needs...ACTUAL NEEDS, such as feeding the hungry, saving wild life habitat and all animals, providing contraception and health care, access to clean water, cleaning up pollution and toxins, planting foods for all to enjoy in crops. BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of our tax dollars go away to things that have nothing to do with the quality of life.

Danica Mirkovic (108)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 12:25 am

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 4:30 am
A Huge Green Star to you Kit. Young kids in school here in Texas who are on a lunch program, I bet you didn't know that when they drop out, the school still gets the funding money for four years even if the child is not in school. Yep....! This is true.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 4:36 am
Here in the city where I live, Resturants like Luby's donates the left over food for the day to homeless, meals on wheels as well as to shelters.Even pizza places do this here. All major cities in the world ought to do this and quit throwing away good food that could keep someone from staring to death.

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 4:51 am
This is disgraceful!

Ruth C (87)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 5:32 am
Its shameful to know that this country (USA) has homeless people, this is the place that everyone in the world wants to come to make dreams come true and when you look around you see so many sad faces with broken dreams and all because they can not afford to pay rent, feed their children, pay bills, for lack of a job!

What has happened to the America of yesterday the one that had a heart for the people in need, every time I see someone asking for Money on the streets I give them some, I don't care what people about if you give someone in the streets Money they will use it for drugs or alcohol, how do you know they will use it for that reason? what if they have kids that are hungry? do you know someone else life or what they are going through? its my Money and I do what I wish with it and give it to whom I wish!!

Gwynethrose F (12)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 12:02 pm
I cannot believe in the richest country in the word, we could even HAVE homeless people...and the children..when did the children become throwaway?

M B (62)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 1:51 pm
This is so sick, money needs to be redirected into proper channels.

Phil R (29)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 5:00 pm
".....the vast majority of these children are the products of poor, uneducated, lower class parents who probably never even wanted them in the first place."

This must be one of the most callous and heartless things i have ever read. These are real children in need. "poor, uneducated, lower class"? Have we become a nation where the value of a human is determined by how much money he or she has earned, the level of education achieved or the perceived "class" he or she occupies in our society?

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 5:04 pm
Bit harsh on the humans are we Anna? I love the compassion for the animals that you share, but guess none for the two legged. We can not paint such a broad brush that those whose children are homeless are all not wanted children or they are from uneducated parents.

I suggest you do some research of the USA before you blanket so callously a large segment of the population and realize that we have few safety net programs anymore. Many do not receive wages that meet the cost of shelter expenses as rents are high, that unemployment for many is not their fault but due to a severe downturn in the economy, and that studies have been done that many are educated people and homeless.

In any case, a society is failing it's children to have so many in this situation and that doesn't even count the children that are living inside of a home; but are still technically homeless. Friends or family members that take a family in rather then them living in their cars. Many people give up a room to cram a family into it, or set them up in a basement or attic.

W. C (7)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 5:11 pm
Thank you.

Phil R (29)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 5:28 pm
We need to provide reasonably priced day care for single parents so they can go to work....we need affordable healthcare so that becoming ill doesn't push people into poverty, continuing education and career training ought to be available at low (or no) cost...and we need more JOBS!
Children who have no parents must to be loved and cared for. Adoption should be made easier and facilities for homeless children should be well staffed and funded. What kind of society turns its back on helpless children?

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 6:12 pm that is morally bankrupt.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 6:32 pm
I also suggest Anna you read this other story of Kit's. Within the article it stated:

It's a situation reflected across large parts of America. The latest census data shows that nearly one in two of the US's 300 million citizens are now officially classified as having a low income or living in poverty. One in five families earns less than $15,000 (£9,600) a year.

So I'm actually surprise more children are not homeless, but then again, as I said, many of them are, but are hidden in other people homes who might be barely making it themselves.



Gary C (5)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:39 pm
It' s about time the American Government got it's priorities right and started looking after it's people a whole lot better than what it does now , children and adults.....

KS Goh (0)
Friday December 23, 2011, 12:46 am
Thanks for the article.

Chien Chao (105)
Friday December 23, 2011, 2:52 am
thank you

Marge F (0)
Friday December 23, 2011, 3:01 am
Thank-you for the article. I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said.

Marilyn M (145)
Friday December 23, 2011, 1:14 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting, Kit.

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Friday December 23, 2011, 2:29 pm
There is way more than that sounds like holiday estimation. CEO's could you give some more this Christmas?

Monica D (580)
Friday December 23, 2011, 3:41 pm
Very sad.

Sacha Jones (18)
Friday December 23, 2011, 8:36 pm
This is absolutely disgusting. The richest country in the world spends all its money on war but doesen't care about homeless kids... Shame on you Obama!

Jess Evans (1)
Saturday December 24, 2011, 8:26 pm
That's just terrible

Jess Evans (1)
Saturday December 24, 2011, 8:27 pm
I'm a social worker at a woman's homeless shelter

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 7:23 am
What does it say about a nation when a nation cannot take care of its own children? In 2007 USA spent over one billion dollars a day on the military + had severe tax cuts! No wonder the economi looks like it does and that there are so many people who have enormous problems! It is saddening that to know that the children are not worth more. The children are the future of their country. Maybe you should look at bit different on what taxes really are in the US, Because taxes are the investment you make in your country and the future of that country!

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 7:59 am

Yes, our tax dollars are going to things many of us do not like. That is a fact, and so it is a fact that homeless, hungry children are wandering the streets. My
question is NOT about what the government and one more red-tape bureaucracy is doing about this, but rather what are each of you doing in your own communities going to do about this? Only community by community can we reach out and offer real help to children or families in dire need.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 7:29 pm
Our future geniuses are rotting.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 5:35 am
Kit, Feel free to post a link to this article on the new "Celebrate Kids" group. Here's the link to a thread there:
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