Staggering Facts About Homeless Worthy of Your Attention

Many people today are caught unable to pay for rent. This is a twofold problem: Decades of stagnated wages, shrinking government benefits, and rising costs of home-ownership. At the same time rental prices are increasing.

This combination of problems oftentimes leads to homelessness. In fact, today, three million people are only a single paycheck away from becoming homeless. A recent study has shown 37% of households could only last a month if they were to lose their job. 23% of them said they have nothing set aside for housing costs if they were to lose their job. There are another 16.5 million working adults who have no savings at all today. Half of them said their housing costs were their biggest expense.

When people become homeless, where do they go? Unfortunately, most of today’s homeless are “living under overpasses and going to the bathroom outside in one of the richest nations of the world.” This according to
Reverend Wagers (Disciples of Christ) who runs the Mercy Mobile in Silicon Valley, CA. The sad part about this is people aren’t animals, and shouldn’t be treated this way. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t surprise us that this is taking place today. After all, they say history repeats itself. Reverend Wagers als refers to the homeless as refugees because cities force them to move from place to place. While some people think this ended with what America did with the Native Americans, not true. This is continuing today with our government claiming it’s for health and safety reasons. In the same way this was an environment where it was the survival of the fittest, this is again happening today.

Another very civilized city in the world today is Tokyo, Japan. With a population of about 14 million people, they have a homeless rate is under 5,000 people. Could this be due to the fact that they’re continually building more houses? Even if there’s some other reason behind this, it’s time for America to stand up and take notice because while many people are willing to give freely of items like food, clothing, and toiletries, what they don’t realize is the steep financial price of homelessness. According to some studies, one homeless person can cost a city $13,661 per year in emergency room visits.

These are staggering facts to think about, but important ones to consider nonetheless. If we continue heading down this road, where are we going? These are people’s lives we’re talking about here. They deserve to be treated better. This is definitely something we must all think about as we go about our daily lives today, especially if we live in cities where the homeless are right there in front of us as we move about our daily lives.


  1. Andria Perry

    Being a landlady I try to keep my rent low so the lady working at the grocery store or McDonald`s can live.

    But I am also seeing the rise of homeless and drugs being hand in hand. Addictions to crack and meth have taken the money that was once earned to pay rent now goes up in smoke.

    I am sure we all will soon have to go back to living like the Amish people do today. You will find people living in the woods, killing their own animals for food and learning to raise garden all because life just costs to much.

    We have become slaves to the insurance industry. Auto was forced on many, so they stopped driving, health is now government enforced so many quit working to get it free.

    Something need to happen good to the USA for a change.

    I shared this article on twitter.

  2. Gil Camporazo

    With that kind of exorbitant rate of spending in anything, do you think those homeless people could survive. Will criminality be not the last recourse these people may go to? This is in economics we call inequality distribution of properties. The poor and the needy wouldn’t have any chance to ameliorate their standard of living.

  3. Gina M. Menorca

    When I was younger and naive. I thought in rich countries all the people are rich too. Many young ladies in my hometown are aspiring to marry a foreigner from rich and famous countries.

  4. Rex Trulove

    We are continually on the cusp of being homeless, here. That isn’t likely to even start to change until we stop having such enormous unemployment rates in the US. We aren’t in need of handouts, we are in need of jobs. But things have gotten far worse in the last 8 years and a lot of businesses have failed because of over taxation and over regulation. I’m a survivalist, but it isn’t a game like the current administration treats it as.

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