Homelessness: the Effects of High Costs Housing

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Homelessness: The Effects of High Costs Housing
Excelsior College

Debra Parks

April 22, 2012

Abstract: How many times have we saw people standing on the street in their dirty clothes with a sign saying, “work for food”? I wonder how this person got into their situation. In the past I’ve thought laziness, they don’t want to work, or maybe they have schizophrenia and are unable to work, or sometimes, I didn’t even see them. What is the solution to the growing problem of homelessness? In this great land of ours, where on one side of the town, there are millionaires, and on the other, people sleeping on park benches, sometimes with their children.

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This study also noted in 2008 family homelessness had increased nine percent. This study decided to look at increases in employed homeless and stated, “Of the 19 cities that collected data on employment status, 11 cities observed an increase in the number of employed persons who were homeless, one city reported a decrease, and seven cities reported no change” (The United States Conference of Mayors, 2008). Wendy Koch from US today stated,” The number of homeless people in rural and suburban shelters jumped sharply: 32% of all people in shelters compared with 23% in 2007” (2009). She also pointed out that after the recession began, the problem of homelessness has migrated to rural and suburban areas. A report prepared by the Economic Roundtable, Rental Housing 2011; The State of Rental Housing in the City of Los Angeles, noted that the city’s rental property had increased due to foreclosures that had started during the 2008 recession and been converted to rental property. Although this increased the options for renters, the incomes of family households had been decreasing since 1990. In this report, Daniel Flaming and Patrick Burns state, “Over the past decade, rent as a share of income has shifted from being barely affordable to predominantly unaffordable for renters (2012). They also note that the majority of renters in this area pay 30% to 50% of their income on rent. This is compounded by the problem of the increase of
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