Alumni of our programs and users of our products include heads of state, members of the U.S. House, Fortune 500 business executives, influential clergy, and professors and students from preeminent universities and seminaries. Homelessness would fall by 54 percent in San Francisco, 40 percent in Los Angeles, and 23 percent in New York City. An additional element is the gig economy, it’s basically a part time work environment where pay is low. Rev. Overall homelessness in the United States would fall by just under 72,000 people, or 13 percent.”. The videos below show how creative people are in the face of incredible adversity and little compassion shown to them. 4. In a country like the USA, with such out of control wealth for corporations (Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tesla), there is no excuse for such poverty and for a lack of concern about the system leaving people behind. President Reagan made sure of that but not in his wildest dreams did could he visualize the devastating effects Free Trade would come to have on American life and culture, and how it would ravage the middle class around the world, but mostly in the United States. Ben Johnson is Executive Editor at the Acton Institute. Hundreds of thousands more are on the edge even though they’re working. About 65% of all homeless people in the US live in a shelter. Very promising jobs outlook however there are still over 500,000 adults and children in North America who are homeless. Multinational Corporations in the Third World: Predators or Allies in Economic Development? While such antipathy reigns in the public mind, it’s well known that more than 50% of people are one paycheck away from the street. Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. also have substantially higher rates of overall homelessness than almost every other city, suggesting that most people being sheltered would not otherwise sleep on the street.”, 9. There is a clear connection between politics (local control of real estate), interest rates, real estate investment, real estate economics and homelessness. Among the five cities with the highest rates of unsheltered homelessness, four are in California (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa, and San Jose), and the other is Seattle.”. And then there are seniors and students. It’s risen about 1% over the last year (yet down over the last 10 years) and in New York it’s risen over 4%. Killing free trade won’t end homelessness though. It all comes back to whether businesses have the right to outsource production to cheap labor markets and still have free access to US markets. ), It’s time to bury the ‘executioner’ Lenin for good, More than compassion needed for Europe’s refugees. Half a million Americans are homeless. Poor people can’t solve a national problem. Homelessness, in Portland and beyond, seems to be more visible than ever. You have been added to our mailing list and will receive the USICH newsletter. With babyboomers reaching retirement without sufficient funds to support themselves, the picture looks grim.