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    Default Homelessness can happen to everyone

    Wednesday, February 28, 2007
    Homeless in Sarasota Bradenton: February 2007


    A groundbreaking survey of homelessness being released today found that
    704,000 people nationwide sought shelter at least once in a three-month
    period.

    Families with children accounted for one-third of those seeking emergency
    shelter or transitional housing between February and April 2005, the most
    recent period studied, according to the report by the Department of Housing
    and Urban Development. The rest were individuals, mostly adult men. Nearly
    half were black.

    The count covered only those seeking shelter, not people living on the
    street, so the total number of homeless people would be higher.

    "This first-of-its-kind study is a huge leap forward in our understanding of
    not only how many people are homeless, but also what their needs are," HUD
    Secretary Alphonso Jackson says. The report says, for example, that at least
    a quarter are disabled.


    HUD, which briefed USA TODAY on the report Monday, says it is the most
    comprehensive government estimate ever of homelessness. Previous counts
    looked only at the number of people homeless on a given day or week.

    The three-month figure — equal to the population of South Dakota — is an
    estimate based on a sample of 80 communities. It will serve as a baseline
    for annual reports to Congress and may be expanded to include people living
    on the street.

    Martha Burt, a homelessness scholar at the Urban Institute, says the new
    database has shortcomings. For example, it has limited information about the
    health of those seeking shelter, and she thinks future versions will have
    trouble tracking those living on the street.

    HUD's report also cites a previously reported one-night survey of hundreds
    of communities in January 2005. That survey found 754,000 homeless people,
    including 45% who were living on the street. USA TODAY published its own
    estimate of 727,000 in October 2005, based on earlier tallies.

    The three-month count found that on an average day, 335,000 people sought
    shelter, but more than twice that number sought shelter at least once during
    the entire period.

    Dennis Culhane, a professor of social policy at the University of
    Pennsylvania who co-wrote the HUD report, says it's unclear whether
    homelessness has increased or declined, because past estimates were done
    differently.

    He says poverty among blacks, who are more likely to live in urban areas,
    runs deeper than for other groups.

    Culhane says families with kids have remained a steady one-third of the
    homeless, and he says government needs to do more to provide housing, such
    as expanding rent subsidies.

    One of every three homeless kids has a diagnosable psychiatric disorder,
    such as post-traumatic stress, by age 8, says Ellen Bassuk, a psychiatrist
    who is president of the National Center on Family Homelessness.

    "They have trouble sitting still and learning in school," she says.

    Nine of 10 homeless mothers have been victims of violence, often domestic,
    she says.

    Michael Stoops, director of the National Coalition for the Homeless welcomes
    the new count but says more housing and shelters are needed as well as a
    focus on the root causes of the problem. He says homelessness "can happen to
    everyone."


    By Wendy Koch
    USA TODAY
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    The homeless shouldn't have negative thoughts, then!! Durr.

    Oprah should donate copies of "the Secret" to soupkitchens and homeless shelters. Bye-bye homelessness and poverty!

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    There will always be homeless people as long as there is such inadequete help for the mentally ill and no real job training/education for the poorest portion of the population. Another significant factor is in the mind set of those on society's bottom rungs. They don't know how to run their own lives, screwing up everything they touch, from their finances through their interpersonal relationships, because they are just acting out what they learned in their homes. Drug abuse factors in as well.

    It's a complex problem that doesn't hold any simple answers. But I think that in order for this to stop we're all going to have to reach out to others and do with less, sacrifice and help your brother. Anything less isn't going to cut it.

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    I was homeless for a bit at the start of last year. But my friend saved me by letting me stay with him and his fiancée rent free for couple of months.

    I am going to kill him though, because i hate him. In the nicest way possible, of course.
    At least I'm not afraid to show my real face when I have a go at someone.

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    Don't forget to make lampshades from his skin!
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    a very nice idea grimm i think i will
    At least I'm not afraid to show my real face when I have a go at someone.

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    so they guy gave you a free place to live and you still hate him . . . he must be a real dickhead!

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    nah it's just what we did, we've always been like that because when we first met he thought i was a racist (he's south american and they're known for being ignorant ) and i thought he was an arrogant prick. then when we got to know each other over the duration of a show and really liked each other, we just never stopped doing the "i hate his guts" thing. this is us to gether in our clown troupe "the Doltish Affair"
    he's back right. im back left. and his fiancee is front and centre
    At least I'm not afraid to show my real face when I have a go at someone.

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    ^^ ooooh! Clowns!!

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    There was a story tonight on the news here about seniors who are homeless, many through no fault of their own. Illness, job loss and the shame of admitting that they can't take care of themselves financially and need help keep a lot of them in hiding. It's terribly sad.

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    Can't sleep.

    Clowns will eat me.





    So like.. what's the deal with clownsex?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze View Post
    There was a story tonight on the news here about seniors who are homeless, many through no fault of their own. Illness, job loss and the shame of admitting that they can't take care of themselves financially and need help keep a lot of them in hiding. It's terribly sad.
    PB, we're in the process of including seniors in our homelessness project. This has always been a problem in our society, and it's gotten much worse. A lot of projects won't or can't help seniors because of the cost factor (costly health issues due to aging). The whole thing makes me so sad... and feel blessed that my parents are doing so well, better than they ever did, thank God. They were decidedly middle class, and have been able to retain that status and lifestyle even though they had a few bumps along the way.
    Last edited by Mira; March 9th, 2007 at 06:40 PM. Reason: typos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    So like.. what's the deal with clownsex?
    Well, ya get two clowns together. Then they have sex with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    So like.. what's the deal with clownsex?
    ha, that hilarious. When i was living with them i had a suspicion that they were having clown sex, or at least role-playing with their costumes.

    If i find out i will kill them, clowns don't have sex. EVER!!!

    NO CLOWN SEX!!!!
    At least I'm not afraid to show my real face when I have a go at someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antsvensk View Post
    clowns don't have sex. EVER!!!
    I wouldn't be so sure about that if I were you.


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