Thursday, February 19, 2009

A New Focus On Homelessness




The rising numbers of homeless people in the United States, and the numbers of middle class people who are finding themselves without homes, is both a tragedy and an opportunity to educate the public about the problem and, hopefully address it.

That's the opinion of Shannon Moriarty, who writes about homelessness for Change.org. She was my guest today on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com.

"When you have middle class people falling into this ... it gets everyone talking about it," Moriarty says.

"We have," she says, "a crisis on our hands."

Moriarty says society generally tends to blame poor people for falling into the homelessness trap. But with more middle class people becoming homeless, that view is starting to change.

She says the flip side of this problem is that people who never before had to use society's safety net are clueless about where to get help.

"People who have never been poor before ... don't even know where to start."

Moriarty says the changing face of homelessness also includes whole families including, she says, "millions of children" and many returning combat veterans.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Odd isn't that people who ignored the homelessness problem are now addressing it because it is suddenly touching so close to home.

The issue that wasn't well addressed in the show is what are these homeless white collar people doing? Surely they aren't embracing shelters.

Perhaps they have other avenues, such as friends or relatives they are staying with.

Anonymous said...

We don't stop to think much about the women and children who are homeless, only about the men we see pan handling on our streets.

And remember, many of those who are out there with their hands out are veterans!

Anonymous said...

mORE AND MORE IN OUR SOUP KITCHEN YOU SEE YOUNG FAMILIES, NOT JUST A MOTHER WITH CHILDREN BUT DAD TOO,tHE FACE OF HOMELESSNESS IS oUR fACE TOO!!
MANY MANY FAMILIES ARE ONE PAYCHECK AWAY FROM BEING ON THE STREET, WE IN OUR GENERATION HAVE NOT SEEN THIS BEFORE. wHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP? oR DO WE JUST LOOK AND TALK? AND THINK THAT SOMEONE ELSE WILL HELP, THAT SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE yOU. jAMIE_38

Anonymous said...

The Homeless Probelm is only going to get worse because people believe in their minds if they close their eyes then theres not a probelm ,Sure have them move in with family or friends what until they can't afford the bills and they all become homeless again ?Face it the banks that are screaming for help are the ones that had no probelm giving out money to people that couldn't afford it and forced them to have to choose between a home ,food and meds so they stopped taking the meds then things get worse they rob peter to pay paul and so forth before you know it they have probelms and they can't seem to get out Theses Are Not Drug Dealers or junkies theses are Familys and children So I think Mr Obama needs to look into helping americas Housing and homeless out because if he don't states are going to go bankrupted due to the over well meaning about of new people trying to get Welfare that money has to come some where and i am sure its not Banks