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    1 in 50 American children experiences homelessness

    NEW YORK One of every 50 American children experiences homelessness, according to a new report that says most states have inadequate plans to address the worsening and often-overlooked problem.
    The report being released Tuesday by the National Center on Family Homelessness gives Connecticut the best ranking. Texas is at the bottom.
    "These kids are the innocent victims, yet it seems somehow or other they get left out," said the center's president, Dr. Ellen Bassuk. "Why are they America's outcasts?"
    The report analyzes data from 2005-2006. It estimates that 1.5 million children experienced homelessness at least once that year, and says the problem is surely worse now because of the foreclosures and job losses of the deepening recession.
    "If we could freeze-frame it now, it would be bad enough," said Democratic Sen. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, who wrote a foreward to the report. "By end of this year, it will be that much worse."
    The report's overall state rankings reflect performance in four areas: child homelessness per capita, child well-being, risk for child homelessness, and state policy and planning.
    The top five states were Connecticut, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island and North Dakota. At the bottom were Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana.
    Reflecting the disarray caused by Hurricane Katrina, the report said Louisiana had the most homeless children per capita in 2006, followed by Texas and California.
    However, Bassuk a psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School said many states fell short in regard to policy and planning. Only six were praised for "extensive" planning to curb child homelessness. Twenty-four states received an "inadequate" grade.
    Ken Martin, executive director of the Texas Homeless Network, said the large number of homeless children in Texas was predictable.
    "It's not surprising when you don't put money into human services that you have issues come up," said Martin, who expressed hope that improvements are forthcoming.
    The Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless is fine-tuning a plan for curbing homelessness. Lack of such a plan earned the state an "inadequate" rating in the report.
    Michael Gerber, executive director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and chairman of the interagency council, said officials are assessing how to use $41 million in federal stimulus money Texas expects to receive for homeless programs.
    In Arkansas, relatively few homeless shelters cater to families or single fathers, so it took a while for Vaughn Summerville to find Our House Shelter in Little Rock. Because it has separate housing for families, Summerville can stay with his two daughters, who attend an after-school program at the shelter while he works at a museum.
    "It was horrible at first, but it's getting better," said Tiffany Summerville, 13. "I guess I'm still reacting, because we've never been in a shelter before."
    Many homeless families miss out on such support, foregoing shelters because they fear having their children taken from them, said Sandra Wilson of the Arkansas Homeless Coalition.
    Shelters in Arkansas are funded mostly through private donations, along with some federal money, said Julie Munsell of the state Department of Health and Human Services. There's no state funding, and backers of a bill to create a housing trust fund said they are not sure where the money would come from.
    In Georgia, one challenge is serving homeless youth who are on their own.
    "We need to make it safe for kids to ask for help," said Becca Orchard of StandUp for Kids in Atlanta. "The focus is on the homeless adults because we can see them, and they're a nuisance. We can't see the kids, so we don't think they're there."
    New York was ranked 38th, worst of any northeastern state. According to New York City's Coalition for the Homeless, the number of families in municipal shelters reached a record high at the end of November 9,720 families, the most since the city began reporting such data 25 years ago.
    Among the families in shelters now are Galina and Mark Turner, and their 18-month-old son, Nareem. They were evicted two weeks ago from their apartment, unable to keep up with the rent.
    "It's decent," Galina said of their city-run shelter. "The worst part is it feels like jail."
    Mark, 27, is jobless, and thus able to take care of Nareem while Galina works as a security guard.
    "We're trying to hold our heads up and be optimistic," Galina said.
    The report said homeless children are far more likely than other children to experience hunger, suffer chronic health problems, repeat a grade in school and drop out of high school.
    It stressed the long-term damage that can result from disruptions to friendships, health care and family routines.
    "These factors combine to create a life-altering experience that inflicts profound and lasting scars," the report said.
    It offered 19 recommendations for government action, including beefed-up federal spending on low-income housing, assistance to struggling renters and homeowners, and investment in child care for homeless children. It urged states to place homeless families directly into permanent housing rather than into motels.
    Ending homelessness for all U.S. children within a decade is possible, despite the recession, said the report, which Bassuk's center issued to launch a campaign pursuing that goal.
    "If we fail to act," the report said, "the consequences will play out for years to come as a generation of lost children grow to adulthood."

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    That is frickin sad.
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    Heartbreaking.
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    That was very generous of you. I'm sure they appreciated it greatly.
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    My husband and I are outreach directors and the # is climbing. We have many children in one certain school here living in tents and in cars. A service we are involved in make sure they get clothing, food, materials for class and gifts. The teachers pitch right in also to make sure their needs are met .At least at this school they are not teased because there are so many in the same situation. Heartbreaking is right
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    still not in a depression...

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    In economics, a depression is a sustained, long downturn in one or more economies. It is more severe than a recession, which is seen as a normal downturn in the business cycle.

    Considered a rare and extreme form of recession, a depression is characterized by abnormal increases in unemployment, restriction of credit, shrinking output and investment, numerous bankruptcies, reduced amounts of trade and commerce, as well as highly volatile relative currency value fluctuations, mostly devaluations. Price deflation or hyperinflation are also common elements of a depression.



    .. so no, you aren't. it's a recession. There are ways to measure the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    My husband and I are outreach directors and the # is climbing. We have many children in one certain school here living in tents and in cars. A service we are involved in make sure they get clothing, food, materials for class and gifts. The teachers pitch right in also to make sure their needs are met .At least at this school they are not teased because there are so many in the same situation. Heartbreaking is right
    That is awsome.

    That is why it torques me when I see these stupid celebupukes out there patting themselves on the back for sending used clothing to some far away country. Or spouting off about the latest 'save the planarian' charity, when for a fraction of their wealth they can help their very own citizens in America that do not have the most basics of need.

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    I feel the same way with missionaries. Im not too popular with some people on this but I believe we need to be here working to rid our country of hunger and homelessness and disease before we spend zillions of $ in other countries. I am sensitive to their struggles but I think caring for our own should come before all else. Keep your charity here.
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    Kids being homeless isn't necessarily due to the economy. I am a local task for to try to do something about our homeless kids. Here are the stories I've heard from the social worker who's coordinating our program:

    -4th grader comes home from school and finds his apartment door locked. Turns out his family moved while he was at school and no one told him or came to get him

    -Jr high girl who can't go home because her mother's boyfriend is abusing her, but the mother choosed to side with the boyfriend rather than protect her daughter.

    -Honor roll student who got pregnant and per parents kicked her out.

    The stories go on and on. Most are kids with no criminal records, yet can't be taken into the social services system. During the night, they wander the aisles at Wal Mart, because it's open 24 hrs. They hang out at the truck stop, where the truckers proposition them in exchange for a meal and a warm place to sleep. 12-13 year old girls. Disgusting.

    It's a problem that extends way past the current economic climate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post
    That is awsome.

    That is why it torques me when I see these stupid celebupukes out there patting themselves on the back for sending used clothing to some far away country. Or spouting off about the latest 'save the planarian' charity, when for a fraction of their wealth they can help their very own citizens in America that do not have the most basics of need.
    Well, stupid celebpukes wouldn't get all that much attention for helping Americans. I think we need to take care of our own before we take care of others...and I don't give good G-damn how that sounds.
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    I was homeless for a short period of time when I was a child in the middle of a NJ winter. If not for some gracious and good people, who knows how long it would have been before my mother and I had a place to stay. Once you go that far down, it can be impossible to pick yourself back up. So thank you Cupcake for all that you do for your community, because you never know what kind of positive impact you will have on a child.

    Whenever I think about those people, my heart warms so much. Their kindness takes my breath away and literally makes me cry, because they took me as a child, and showed me true love by making me feel warm, fed and safe at a time in my life where I was too young to experience the sheer cruelty of human nature, and the uncertainty that life has to offer. But because of that, it shaped me who I am today, and I don't care how hard I have to work, I will NEVER go hungry or cold again, and I will always depend on myself for survival. This is hard to talk about, but since I've never met any of you, I guess it doesn't matter.
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    tragic

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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post


    New York was ranked 38th, worst of any northeastern state. According to New York City's Coalition for the Homeless, the number of families in municipal shelters reached a record high at the end of November 9,720 families, the most since the city began reporting such data 25 years ago.
    Among the families in shelters now are Galina and Mark Turner, and their 18-month-old son, Nareem. They were evicted two weeks ago from their apartment, unable to keep up with the rent.
    "It's decent," Galina said of their city-run shelter. "The worst part is it feels like jail."
    Mark, 27, is jobless, and thus able to take care of Nareem while Galina works as a security guard.
    "We're trying to hold our heads up and be optimistic," Galina said.
    Now the family in the shelter will stay about a year.... dad will remain jobless....they'll be given every bit of aid the city/state provides....and in the end get a nice 2 bedroom Section 8 apartment.

    Ugh, I'm so done with the f'ing city...

    *rant start*

    I have a cousin with 5 children, 4 daddies not a one helping support them. She receives welfare, food stamps, WIC for 4 of the kids, Medicaid, Section 8 and SSDI for her one of the children and trying to get it for 2 more. All said and done, she brings home more each month than I do.

    Lives in a brand spanking 4 bedroom house. Everytime welfare threatens to cut her off, she has another baby. When baby is small, she goes to "school" rather than Workfare. God forbid she pick up trash in the park or something! The non-school aged children are given free child care while she's off in "school" that's 100% paid for, including travel expenses, lunch money and "pin" money!

    The revamp of section 8 calls for her to begin paying a small portion of her rent. The last 2 apts. she had, she let them evict her for non-payments, went back into the shelter system and started all over again with the section 8.

    I see her at the laundrymat last week and she asks me why I don't have a washer and dryer at home!?!?!? Um, cause I work for a living bitch!

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