Income and Wealth Inequality Strongly
Connected to Homelessness
Matt Surusco in a September 5, 2015 article in the National Memo, writes about the presidential candidates, “… Few are speaking explicitly on the campaign trail about perhaps the most jarring manifestation of poverty.”
This is particularly true as homelessness has begun to rise again in many communities.
“A few candidates have talked about the distribution of wealth and the need to grow the middle class, but homelessness is as invisible in these discussions as it is visible on the street.”
Shahera Hyatt, director of the California Homeless Youth Project, told The National Memo.
There is, though, that the discussion about economic inequality will connect to the issue of homelessness.
“Part of the reason homelessness is absent from the national conversation is that many think of it as a local issue, one that mayors can campaign on, said Steve Berg, vice president for programs and policy at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Americans, he added, don’t usually think of the president as the elected official responsible for getting people into housing.”
When in fact the President and Congress can work to end homelessness by funding programs such as Housing Choice Vouchers and Homelessness Assistance.
Recently the success in ending veterans homelessness in communities across the country has been drawing a lot of attention. And there is hope that the political will fueling that effort will expand towards assisting the larger homeless population.
Elected officials who,
“Even though a small minority of Americans experiences homelessness firsthand, advocates say it’s a social issue voters should care about because their tax dollars fund the government programs aimed at addressing homelessness, whether they’re effective or not.”
And when we listen to the 2016 candidates make speeches and participate in debates, it is important to remember that when they,
“Are talking about income and wealth inequality, creating jobs, raising the minimum wage, developing more affordable housing, and providing greater access to health care, they have only discussed homelessness indirectly or in passing, if at all.”
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