51 million households in the United States struggle with rent, food
CNN – May 18, 2018: The article highlights that almost half of US families can’t afford basics like rent and food, and that the economy may be chugging along, but many Americans are still struggling to afford a basic middle class life.
Nearly 51 million households don’t earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE Project. That’s 43% of households in the United States.
The figure includes the 16.1 million households living in poverty, as well as the 34.7 million families that the United Way has dubbed ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This group makes less than what’s needed “to survive in the modern economy.”
“Despite seemingly positive economic signs, the ALICE data shows that financial hardship is still a pervasive problem,” said Stephanie Hoopes, the project’s director.
NIMBY In America: The US Struggles With Its Large Homeless Population
SPUTNIKNEWS – March 24, 2018: A bitterly-fought political campaign to address the rapidly-growing homeless population in a wealthy southern California county points to the yawning inequality gap in the US.
A wide-ranging plan in southern California’s Orange County that was intended to relocate hundreds of homeless — including children, women and the elderly who had been forcefully kicked out of long-term camps by placing them into nearby shelters — has been halted after well-heeled residents raised an outcry.
Even as local politicians, police and health care professionals assert that addressing the needs of the homeless is a priority, residents in the US are fighting tooth and nail to prevent relocating poverty-stricken groups to shelters anywhere near their homes, shops and schools.
The failure of the Orange County program — and that of many other similar plans in the wealthiest country in the world — points to a unique issue at the center of the US homeless crisis: everyone agrees that the unsheltered must be assisted, but nobody wants them anywhere close.
American Illusion? Homelessness continues to plague neighborhoods in Los Angeles
RT – March 31, 2018: The city of Los Angeles is associated with celebrities, luxury and fame. However, it has another side. Official figures suggest homelessness has increased 43% between 2013 and 2017. The Los Angeles City Council is now considering a plan to provide housing for every homeless person in the city.