While our government fights among themselves, real people continue to suffer. Who is representing America’s working class and poor? A new report reveals that nearly 2.5 million children were homeless in 2013. In a country which has a huge number of billionaires and multi-millionaires, there should never be a single homeless person. 2.5 million homeless children is a number which is unforgiveable. It is more proof that the United States is no longer the greatest country in the world.
The most recent ‘Forbes 400’ list reveals enormous wealth. All 400 are worth more than one billion dollars. They don’t bother to list those who are worth a mere 999 million. The most recent study completed in 2013 reveals an alarming fact; of developed nations, the United States ranks first in the disparity between rich and poor. Ten percent of America’s people control 75.4 percent of the nation’s wealth. The study also disclosed that under President Obama’s Administration the wealthy class has grown and flourished from ‘recovery’ efforts, while the bottom 10 percent have continued to suffer. One-percent of America’s population has received 95 percent of the benefit of the ‘recovery.’
The report revealed that the bottom 95 percent of Americans have witnessed a decline in their personal income; the economic downturn continues for most.
Monday’s report, titled ‘America’s Youngest Outcasts,’ pointed to California as the state with the most homeless children. One-eighth of our nation’s population resides in the Golden State and more than one-fifth of all children who are considered homeless live there as well; the number is nearly 527,000.
The report also revealed that efforts have been made by the federal government to reduce the homeless numbers of veterans and long-time individuals, while families and children have witnessed virtually no attention.
There exists a lack of understanding about why individuals and families become homeless. Most people assume that a personal tragedy such as debilitating illness or loss of a job was the cause for loss of income severe enough to create a homeless situation. That may be the reason for some. In reality there are several additional causes as listed by the Homeless Resource Network; here are a few.
Some are related to not having an automobile; not having money for repairs; or legal problems. In most cities a lack of transportation inhibits an individual’s ability to find suitable employment.
In every state public assistance is inadequate, and forces individuals and families to live at the poverty level. These people have inadequate funds to pay rent.
Lower income families who divorce often result in one or more members of a family becoming homeless; sometimes the entire household has no place to live.
It is not unusual for domestic violence to result in a woman becoming a member of the homeless. Some make the choice to remove themselves from an abusive relationship, even if it means they have to choose a life on the streets.
Excessive use of drugs or alcohol frequently force the abusers to seek a life outside of normal.
Many communities lack affordable housing for minimum wage workers. Far too many Americans are forced to accept employment which keeps them at the poverty level.
Mental illness or severe depression force some to live on the streets in anonymity.
The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau statistics prove that the United States is rapidly moving towards third world statistics economically. And now our government is spending tens of millions of tax dollars a day waging another war.
By James Turnage