Advocates on one side of the issues support H.R. 32 feeling that it addresses their concerns about families who lack permanent homes and either live doubled up with friends and relatives or in crowded motel rooms. According to the Department of Education (DOE), since the beginning of the recent recession:
The number of homeless children has increased by 38%, almost 1 million; but
According to the current HUD definition, only 30% of these children, about 300,000 would be considered homeless.
“Our understanding is that this would have a bad impact on the worse-off kids,’ said Steve Berg, an executive for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, ‘kids who are living on the streets and in abandoned buildings and in backs of cars.’” Homeless advocates should devote their energy to getting Congress to enlarge the budget of HUD and other agencies that help the homeless, Berg said.”