Homeless population rises 12 percent since 2013 in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A report released Monday paints a disturbing picture of homelessness in Los Angeles.
It reveals that the homeless population has jumped 12 percent in the last two years. The increase was driven by soaring rents, low wages and high unemployment, the report said. The new report was prepared by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which conducts a tally of the homeless every two years. It looked at homelessness in both the city and county of Los Angeles. Homeless Camps Next To Schools One of the report's more disturbing findings concerns the number of tents, camps and cars occupied by homeless people. “It’s everywhere now," said Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin. The increase in homelessness was caused by rising home prices and rents in downtown Los Angeles and Venice.
Rapid change in both neighborhoods has led to increasing pressure and conflict. A Failure To Create Affordable Housing. South Portland hit by spike in homeless students - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. The rise is tied to families coming from Portland's family shelter to live in the Maine Motel temporarily.
Preble Street: Perilous wind chills drive hundreds into Portland homeless shelters. Portland's homeless shelters were filled to capacity Monday night as mounds of snow accumulated on streets and sidewalks and temperatures, combined with strong winds, produced what the National Weather Service described as "dangerously cold wind chills" - as low as minus 30 degrees - that were expected to last through early Tuesday.
On Monday night, the Oxford Street shelter, with a capacity of 154; and Preble Street's makeshift shelter, which can accommodate 75; were both at capacity. The city's overflow shelter, at the General Assistance offices on Lancaster Street, can accommodate as many as 150 people, but officials said it was unlikely to fill up. People who seek shelter at Lancaster Street must sleep while sitting in chairs, because unlike other city shelters, it is not equipped with mats. "The shelters will be crowded tonight.
I'd be surprised if every square inch isn't being used," said Mark Swann, director of Preble Street, a resource center for the homeless. Homelessness hits record high in Portland - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. Maine's largest city struggles to accommodate displaced families.
Homelessness has surged to a new, record-setting level in Portland, with more than 500 people seeking emergency shelter last month for the first time in city history. The rise has been most dramatic among displaced families, who now overflow the city’s family shelter into area hotels at a much higher rate. With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime. Susan St.
Amour panhandles on a median in Portland, Maine. The city tried to ban loitering on medians last year, but a judge found the law unconstitutional. Caroline Losneck for NPR hide caption itoggle caption Caroline Losneck for NPR. Maine's homeless youth a hidden problem - Central Maine. A girl and her baby sleep for weeks in a car because she's not old enough to stay at the local homeless shelter – that's just one example of the cases that Maine social service workers are seeing.
U.S. homelessness falls, but in Maine it’s up 26% - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. Officials cite several reasons for the state increase, especially in Portland, which has had success helping veterans find housing.
The number of homeless Mainers climbed 26 percent in the past year despite a drop in homelessness nationwide, according to federal data released Thursday. From 2012 to 2013, the total number of homeless people in the U.S. dropped by 23,740, or 4 percent. In Maine, homelessness increased from 2,393 people in 2012 to 3,016 this year. The increase was statewide, although most significant in Portland.
Homeless and Helpless - Information - Shaw House Bangor. By Rick Tardiff November is Youth Homeless Awareness month.
Not a celebration but a month when national organizations like Homeless Youth Among Us.org try to raise the awareness tof the plight of over 1 million children in our country. According to their website over 1.3 million homeless kids are on the street or couch-surfing on any given day. Causes + Effects - The Street Child Project. Children end up on the streets for a number of reasons, many of which are rooted in family instability and poverty.
In the region where we work, children most often leave home because they are fleeing instability or have been rejected and abandoned by their families for various reasons (disabilities, disease or disobedience). Many of the children we have worked with have left their homes to flee domestic violence, abusive relatives or neglectful families. Others have done so because their families live in severe economic distress, either in rural villages or city slums, and are unable to care for them. It is not uncommon that parents in extreme poverty will encourage older children to leave home to find ‘work,’ which may include begging, selling scrap materials for recycling or prostitution. Many who flee extreme poverty to join street life often do so under the impression that it will provide them with more opportunity and economic advantages than their home lives could offer.