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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