David Levene for the Guardian I have spent the past two weeks visiting the United States, at the invitation of the federal government, to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens. In my travels through California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, and Washington DC I have spoken with dozens of experts and civil society groups, met with senior state and federal government officials and talked with many people who are homeless or living in deep poverty. A journey through a land of extreme poverty: The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by Donald Trump and speaker Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes.
Benita Guzman, 40, and her neice Cervantes, 36, are homeless but stick together in an effort to keep their children together as a family, and not taken away and separated in foster homes.
After three weeks of sleeping at a campsite, the family could no longer afford a rental van to ferry the kids to school and had to find a cheap motel room for the night, so the children could walk to school.
That makes nearly 2. With an increase of 8 percent in just one year between andthe number of homeless children in this country has reached a historic high, the report says. Department of Education DOE as well as the Census Bureau, found that children are homeless in every county and state across the country, in rural areas, towns, and major cities, DeCandia tells Newsweek.
Numbers in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York are high, she says, but rural homelessness is also a problem, in areas where support services may be more difficult to access.
Researchers found that a majority of the families counted consisted of a young single mother with two children, usually under the age of 6. The number of homeless children increased in 31 states between andwith leaps of 10 percent or more in 13 states and Washington, D.
Minnesota, Nebraska and Massachusetts topped the list at the other end of the spectrum. The National Center on Family Homelessness at American Institutes for Research The report identifies six major causes contributing to the unprecedented rate of child homelessness: Her organization is made up of school district liaisons appointed to help identify homeless children, train everyone from teachers to bus drivers and cafeteria workers to do the same, and help provide support services.
Children are resilient, Duffield says, but time is of the essence. But if developmental delays are not addressed early, they can have a lasting impact. The report presents a slew of possible solutions to curb child homelessness, including: The Homeless Children and Youth Act —which Lesley says would address the definitional issue—is waiting for a vote in both the House and the Senate.
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A homeless man in downtown San Francisco.
The government study cites rising rents and a lack of affordable housing as key drivers. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images America’s homeless. Homelessness in America. Read below for some basic facts about homelessness. For more information, check out these resources: Further Issues that can lead to homelessness, or that face specific populations of people experiencing homelessness.
NCH Reports and Publications on topics ranging from Criminalization to Homeless . The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program.
This report, submitted to the U.N.
Special Rapporteur in advance of his planned December visit to the U.S., outlines violations of the human rights of persons experiencing homelessness -- essentially the most extreme form of poverty -- in the United States of America. Housing Is the Key. Today more than ever, there is a shortage of housing units that low income people can afford.
And as the gap between income and housing costs grows, more people face homelessness.