Haven’t you heard the good news? The economy is finally recovering. The Dollar is up, and unemployment is down. Millennials are finally making enough money to move out of their parent’s basement, and the stock market continues to reach record highs. And best of all, our homeless rates are off the charts. We’re in the money baby!
“Whoa, hold on there” You might be saying to yourself “What was that last detail? Yes, the one about the homeless.”
Homelessness in Washington, D.C. has increased by 12.9 percent in the past year. In Memphis, Tennessee, nearly half the demand for emergency food assistance in 2013 has gone unmet. The number of requests for urgent food aid in Philadelphia rose by 20 percent. And in Plano, Texas, homeless shelters with limited capacity were forced to turn away 84 percent of those seeking help.
These statistics come from the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2014 Hunger and Homelessness Survey, a report compiled with the participation of 25 city governments around the country. The annual survey does not offer a representative sample of nationwide trends, but it does provide a narrow glimpse of how those trends affect a handful of large municipalities scattered across various regions.
Overall, 71 percent of participating cities reported an increase in local demand for emergency food assistance between September 2013 and August 2014, and 43 percent of those cities reported an increase in homelessness. Across all cities, homelessness was found to have risen 0.7 percent, and need for food assistance was found to have gone up 7 percent.
Wait a minute. Could it be that those other statistics don’t really indicate a healthy economy? Is the Dollar’s comeback only being caused by a terrible global economy that has nowhere else to put its money? Could it be that the official unemployment numbers are a farce, and the stock market has no real relation to economic health? No, that can’t be, can it? What’s really going on here?
Written by: JOSHUA KRAUSE – continue at THE DAILY SHEEPLE