21:01 GMT +323 October 2016
    Homeless residents sit beside their belongings in downtown Los Angeles

    Alarming Number of Homeless, Hungry Americans Flood Major US Cities

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    The US capital increased its homeless population by more than 60 percent in 2015.

    The biggest cities in the US are struggling from a lack of homeless shelters and food pantries as they appear unable to cope with the rising number of homeless people nationwide, a study by the US Conference of Mayors revealed on Tuesday.

    The past year has marked the year of homelessness in the US as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Seattle — America's most populated areas — hosted a huge jump in the number of people on the streets, according to the Hunger and Homelessness study. Washington, D.C. ranks first in the list of cities with homeless as figures say it has 28 percent more homeless and 60 percent more transient families. The demand for food for the hungry rose 27 percent over last year's.

    The survey said that across twenty-two cities including Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, homelessness rose by 1.6 percent overall  and handouts increased by 3 percent over the past year.

    Previously, low wages and high-priced housing have been mentioned by mayors of major American cities as the primary reasons for rising hunger and the increase in homeless flooding the streets. As a result, over the last year mass protests around the country have pushed for increases in wages as a way to eradicate poverty caused by low incomes that push people and families out of their homes.

    In 2015, New York, Massachusetts, Los Angeles and 11 other big cities reached a new record-breaking minimum wage of $15, said a press release by the National Employment Law Project published on Monday.

    Hunger in the US is now the highest since the 1930s, the era of the Great Depression as recent years have seen dramatic cuts to the food budget.

    Nearly 60,000 people are sleeping in New York City shelters each night, including 23,000 children, according to the advocacy group Coalition for the Homeless. The cost of adult homeless shelters in New York City has surpassed $420 million per year, according to the New York City Mayor's Office, while annual state assistance only amounts to $69 million.

    Los Angeles, Hawaii, Portland, and Oregon have recently declared a state emergency to deal with their large homeless populations. The declarations mean increased funding for housing subsidies and shelters, as well as easing the way for building more affordable housing.

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    • Воин Света
      The US government should put its own house in order before it interferes in the affairs of the rest of the world.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      This is where the truth comes out.
    • dvdgrg09
      "They hate us for our freedoms," said Bush. One of those freedoms is freedom to die in the street.
    • Jackov Smirnoff
      Trump wants to spend $Billions, to "make America great again", buying overpriced weapons, like the JSF that will probably never see combat outside of 3rd World failed states.
    • Mark Gewiss
      More victims of America's ongoing oil wars, ongoing economic injustice, ongoing racism, ongoing corruption, ongoing decline of anything recognizable as a civic conscience.
    • America will crumble like the twin towers!
    • What is really sad is THE FACT that its the people out in the street who are loosing it, NOT the filthy toxic NEOCON NAZIS in Washington or the CABAL c*nts down Wall St New York doing the same suffering!!!
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    • Mitach2002
      Must be a lie. The terrorist American government says there is only 5% unemployment in America.
    • rockakanga
      This insane bunch of lying psychopath thieves known as the United States Government has blown trillions of dollars on wars based upon lies. Every homeless person in America could have been provided an apartment and much more. Each day, we watch the whores - and frauds who are called our Government, plunge their hands deeper down our pants, crap more disgustingly upon the nation's Founding Documents, and behave even more irrationally - if that were possible - towards world interests who could put an end to this sickening farce.
    • Ivan Zadorozhny
      Somebody please tell Obama about this, he's been wasting billions on regime change abroad.
    • Randall Lee Hilburn
      The US is a society undergoing something like a slow motion collapse. One day the collapse will accelerate and then there is going to be total anarchy.
    • siberianhusky
      They better get used to it because that is what the future will be for many others in America.
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