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American Cities Rank High on Worldwide Homelessness Scale

What does it say when the United States—which has enough funds to build a house for every single person in the country, never mind every person who is homeless in New York City and Los Angeles—allows its citizens to languish on the streets?

Ending the Cycle of Homelessness

It seems to me that if average American wages are not high enough to pay for the average rent—in the long run, all of our efforts to house those who are currently homeless will not end homelessness. We will simply be treading water.

Homeless Counts: Just Like Counting Sheep?

Four years after my homeless count blog post, sadly, we are still counting individuals and families living out on the streets that have fallen through the cracks of society.

Homelessness and Its Many Faces: Sherial’s Story

“Anyone can be homeless. Homelessness is like a prison without the keys. Society needs to care enough to come up with those keys.”

Income Inequality: The “1’s” Have It All

What if each of these super-rich families tithe 10% of their wealth for one year to build homes for people who are homeless? That amount would be $900 billion, far more than what the federal government invests. If one affordable housing unit costs $300,000, this dollar amount would be able to build 3 million homes.

A Bird’s Eye View of Homelessness: Hong Kong’s Sky Slums

In America, our homeless population is found on the dirty streets of our city. In Asia, homelessness is perched near the sky.

Top 10 Highlights of 2014 in Ending Homelessness

For those of us fighting to end homelessness in America, the year 2014 actually gives us hope that strategic ideas and initiatives are working, albeit slowly. Here are our top highlights of 2014:

The “Up and Down” Perspectives on Homelessness

With a full stomach and a thankful heart, instead, I am looking at the larger picture of homelessness in America. Whether or not you see the glass as half-full or empty, a broader view on homelessness can be confusing.

Too Close To Home: Let’s Not Kid Around About Child Poverty

A third of our nation’s children reside in homes defined as poor, where the household income is below 60% of the national median income for 2008, or $31,000. In other countries, this annual income is a fortune, but in this country, a family that survives on $31,000 per year places their children on a pathway to adult poverty, if not homelessness.

Poverty in America: Living on $7.28 Per Day

I think CNN’s Anthony Bourdain needs to write a guide on how to live in America on $7.28 per day.