Saturday, April 24, 2010

Transient Homeless

How many homeless live in their home town?

a. 10 percent
b. 17 percent
c. 35 percent
d. 57 percent
e. 75 percent
f. Most of the homeless have moved to Portland or San Francisco by now.

e. 75 percent. The homeless are rarely transient. They typically live in their own town, trying to make do with what services are available in their place. For this reason, the homeless are everywhere. They only sometimes go to towns that offer better services. So it makes sense to have a community church for the homeless, located in a stationary place.

It is interesting that according to federal numbers, San Francisco has the highest number of homeless, and Portland has the highest number of homeless per capita (proportionally to the population). This means that we in Portland have a bigger task to help our homeless than any other city in the U.S.!

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