Saturday, April 24, 2010

How Many Homeless?

How many people are homeless in the U.S. for any amount of time each year?

a. 220,000
b. 1.3 million
c. 3.5 million
d. 128 million
e. Whoever was too lazy to get a job.

c. 3.5 million. This is approximately 1% of the population of the U.S., or about 1 out of a hundred people. Ten percent of the United States is under the poverty line, and a tenth of them will be homeless at some time any given year. If you know a hundred people, about one of them has experienced homelessness this last year. And one of them will be homeless this next year. The homeless are not some strangers, but they are us. There’s no reason to be scared of homeless people—we know some of them. And those who are too lazy? If that were true, some out-of-work CEOs ought to be homeless.

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