Homelessness in California


Homeless People Can’t Sit On Sidewalks In More Than Half Of U.S. Cities
The Huffington Post

The number of cities that prohibit sitting or lying in public spaces, for example, increased from 70 in 2011 to 100 this year — a 43 percent jump. In 2011, 37 cities banned sleeping in cars. The restriction has now jumped to 81 cities, a 119 percent increase.

Homeless People Can’t Sit On Sidewalks In More Than Half Of U.S. Cities



JohnS ….Some of the 2013 hunger stats were grim: Twenty-one percent of people needing emergency food assistance didn’t get it, and all but four of the 25 surveyed cities reported an increased need. …..”


Homelessness, hunger climbing in US cities, mayors’ survey says
December 20, 2013

Homelessness and hunger have increased and are expected to keep rising in many cities next year, according to the latest U.S. Conference of Mayors survey of 25 large and midsized metro areas.

Homelessness, hunger climbing in US cities


Homelessness Increasing in Major Cities
NPQ NonProfit Quarterly
16 December 2013

Despite the continuous flow of press reports about the nation’s purported slow-but-steady economic recovery, there is no recovery for the nation’s very poor; their economic conditions have deteriorated while the nation’s economy has improved. City and state budget cuts and a constantly shrinking federal domestic discretionary budget have led to a reduction in the funding for programs that we know work and work well for reducing homelessness.

Homelessness Increasing



JohnS “….Roughly 550,000 Los Angeles County households and 160,000 San Bernardino County households receive food stamps, with more than one million individuals affected by the cuts between the two counties. …..”


Food Stamp Cuts Affect 4.2 Million Californians
USC Annenberg
November 20, 2013

Reductions in food stamp benefits across the country have impacted more than four million Californians since going into effect at the beginning of this month.

Food Stamp Cuts



JohnS “….With more people finding high rents or mortgage payments impossible to pay…..sleeping in a car or motor home has become a widespread last resort…..”


US streets are full of formerly middle class


Resources For Fighting Homeless Disappearing
Capitol Public Radio
November 12, 2013

About 20 percent of the nation’s homeless people live in California.Resources For Fighting Homeless Disappearing


Middle class Americans, living paycheck to pay-check, lose their jobs and have no place to go….


….People are going bankrupt; they are losing everything, and under this load of debt, there is a load of shame….and instead of saying goodbye to neighbors that they have known for 10 or 20 years….people are just packing up their things, and they’re leaving….



JohnS Michael Esswein: ‘Part of the problem is that we have a lack of activism…. we have a lack of people who are willing to step forward and be part of the solution’…..


Here are 5 ways you can help the homeless


Our shameful position: California ranks #1 in homeless children

More than 226,000 children are homeless in California, which ranks top in the United States for homeless kids, says a report from the National Center on Family Homelessness. Nationally, one in 45 children is homeless, more than 1.6 million children.California ranks #1 in homeless children



JohnS “….”There’s an assumption that if you’re homeless, you’re so focused on basic needs like food and shelter that school isn’t a concern,” ……. “But for these youth, education is the answer — the jobs that are available don’t pay good wages if you don’t have a degree, so [education] is the only way out of their situation.”…..”


Homeless college students seek shelter during breaks
December 10, 2013

There’s no concrete estimate for the number of homeless college students nationwide, but 58,158 college applicants indicated that they were homeless on federal financial aid forms for the 2012-13 academic year — up 8% from 53,705 in the previous year……Homeless college students


Retirement crisis grows as cities raid pension and health plans
Dec 11, 2013

Across America, states, counties and cities are taking steps that will make retirement for ex-public employees much harsher. Courts, politicans and corporations are all working together to chip away at deferred wages: reducing pensions or eliminating promised healthcare, or both. Said simply, they’re looting retirements and pushing people toward poverty.cities raid pension and health plans


California seniors have highest poverty rate, study finds
March 25, 2014

California, with its high cost of living and health care, leads the nation in the percentage of older adults living in poverty, according to a 2013 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Twenty percent of California adults over age 65 live below the poverty threshold of about $16,000 annually, when taking into account the higher cost of housing and health care.

California seniors have highest poverty rate


New Report Finds American Renters Still Cannot Afford Rent Nationwide
March 25, 2014

According to Out of Reach 2014, a report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an individual needs to earn $18.92 an hour to afford a two-bedroom rental until at Fair Market Rent. This figure is referred to as the “Housing Wage.” Today’s national average Housing Wage is more than two-and-a-half times the federal minimum wage, and 52% higher than it was in 2000.

American Renters Still Cannot Afford Rent