Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Raising a new generation of homeless

From today's New York Times:
Across the country, tens of thousands of underemployed and jobless young people, many with college credits or work histories, are struggling to house themselves in the wake of the recession, which has left workers between the ages of 18 and 24 with the highest unemployment rate of all adults.

Those who can move back home with their parents — the so-called boomerang set — are the lucky ones. But that is not an option for those whose families have been hit hard by the economy, including Mr. Taylor, whose mother is barely scraping by while working in a laundromat. Without a stable home address, they are an elusive group that mostly couch surfs or sleeps hidden away in cars or other private places, hoping to avoid the lasting stigma of public homelessness during what they hope will be a temporary predicament.

These young adults are the new face of a national homeless population, one that poverty experts and case workers say is growing. Yet the problem is mostly invisible. Most cities and states, focusing on homeless families, have not made special efforts to identify young adults, who tend to shy away from ordinary shelters out of fear of being victimized by an older, chronically homeless population. The unemployment rate and the number of young adults who cannot afford college “point to the fact there is a dramatic increase in homelessness” in that age group, said Barbara Poppe, the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

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  2. When things are beginning to fall apart, we must ask ourselves whether we should run, or fight and stick it out. There are hard times ahead for these young people, and I hope they make the right choice.

  3. I get pleasure from your viewpoint. I'm so grateful you're voicing it.

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  4. Hank, My name is Cindy Lanouette and I am from Columbia SC. I visited TC Lakewood NJ last week. I have been on many trips but this was the most amazing trip ever. If you are interested in my story, I will be happy to share with you.

  5. You have wrote for the people who was unemployed.I garden tent appreciate your work.