Report: Blame for Rising Homelessness Goes to Vicious GOP Policies

April 5, 2013
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We all know that poverty and homelessness got worse because of the recession. But surely as we ease out of the recession things are getting better. Sadly, no. A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities authored by Doug Rice places the blame for rising homelessness squarely at the feet of the GOP led sequestration.

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Government programs that help deal with homelessness are taking a big hit and that hit will fall on the most vulnerable, the homeless and those teetering on the verge of homelessness. The number of homeless is not precise. According to Rice, roughly 1.5 million Americans spend time in temporary or emergency shelters each year. The US Conference of Mayors reported in 2012, that on any given night 633,782 people slept on the streets. Whatever the correct number, the problem is huge.

For roughly the past 40 years, since the Nixon Administration, the federal government’s Section 8 Voucher Program has eased the problem of homelessness by providing federal rental assistance. This program mostly helps seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with children. Historically, there have been waiting lists of people seeking this aid. As Rice reports, only 1 in 4 eligible households gets a voucher or other federal rental help in the best of times.

Now, in 2013, things are getting even worse. Given sequestration cuts, far fewer low income families will get vouchers. People getting vouchers are being terminated from the program or being told they stand to lose their assistance in the months to come.

Not only are Section 8 vouchers being cut, federal funding to communities to deal with homelessness is being cut. This includes, for example ESGs (Emergency Solutions Grants) that provide aid to communities building emergency housing and providing other forms of housing aid, as well as CoC grants (Continuum of Care) that focuses on preventing homelessness among persons with mental problems or physical disabilities. HUD (Housing and Urban Development) is also experiencing cuts that will hurt development of new low cost housing and repairs to existing structures.

Not only are these GOP cuts heartless, they are shortsighted. Inevitably, cutting these services ends up costing the government more money in health care, emergency room visits, and incarceration. Children, especially, will suffer since homelessness takes a terrible toll on their physical and mental health, their education, their ability to support themselves in later years, and more.

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  • Soka Sema

    There hasnt been any cuts. It’s a reduction of the automatic future increase.

  • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

    The House of Representatives AKA: Congress is most assuredly controlled by REPUBLICANS (See, caps just for you).

    The Senate is controlled by DEMOCRATS, however, the House of Representatives controls the pursestrings, which makes that all on your party. Have a nice day. .

  • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

    “Who is out of control with spending? THE DEMOCRATS”

    Who’s on first? Congress controls spending. They hold the purse strings. That would be (I will use Republican caps so you can read it): REPUBLICANS.

    • Soka Sema

      You’d be right except. ……….OBAMA DOESNT HAVE A BUDGET and hasnt ever had one

      • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

        Except Obama does not control the purse strings and the Dems just proposed a budget. Cite your sources please. Have a nice day. (I’m overlooking your Republican caps)

  • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

    I’m not a Christian… Ass Hat!

  • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

    Ooooh… Now in the liberals little world it’s “vicious” to expect people to get off the drugs and alcohol and actually produce enough value to feed themselves… YOU feed them through charitable donations then, not with MY tax dollars…

    • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

      Yeah sure Bob! But first, you pay for your party’s wars because I do not want to pay for Iraq.

      Thanks!

      • http://comgen.blogspot.com/ ComGen

        DearMe; Wow wipe that ass with the constitution! there Bob.

        We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

        {Waves@Ume; must dash……….}

        • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

          UME! How dare you quote the Constitution and use facts and stuff….

        • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

          Using the General Welfare clause to justify endless Federal spending is not what the founding fathers envisioned…

      • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

        I’m not a Republican and I don’t agree with the wars – especially Afghanistan…We should have left the middle east after we got Saddam…

        • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

          You are a Republican. You used to submit posts to Digg from Free Republic.

          • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

            Thought you bought Google!…wtf
            Been registered Independent since I was 18..

            Free Republic is a biased website, just like yours…

            • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

              “Free Republic is a biased website, just like yours…”

              No, nothing like our site. And only Republicans read/submit Free Republic. It’s far, far, far to the right. Also, I wouldn’t bother Googling your name. What purpose would that serve me and why would I have a reason to?

              • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

                Your site was redirecting to google for a few hours, you didn’t notice?

                • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

                  Nope. But our admin did if you are correct. I’m a tech-dummy. He is a tech-God.

                • http://comgen.blogspot.com/ ComGen

                  Just you and a few others, but to be perfectly clear it was NOT due to you [ user: Bob Cronos ]. Without going into too much detail, I had two >> WOmen << admins, suppose I could stop here ! working on our IDS, tweaking a few settings and several server related issues. You happen to be assigned an IP [ range ] which requires whitelisting ' you ' under several of our services. They *forgot* to do so, thus you were being 403'd and redirected offsite [ google being our current ' forbidden access server ' 403 redirect ]. If this happens to you [ specifically ] again, notify us via twitter, email, smoke signal or wait it out. I/We monitor security alerts and notices in real time. Once again, it was not anything you said or did and to the best of my knowledge the wordsmithtress which owns this blog/site has no problem with you being here. — FON Admin

                  • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

                    Ahhh… Thanks for the explanation, I’d never seen a site do that before… I never thought Nom kicked me off though… I think secretly she might even have a little crush on me :-)

                    • http://comgen.blogspot.com/ ComGen

                      ” Nom kicked me off though ” luckily for some I do not allow her access to those settings :-) ” I think secretly she might even have a little crush on me ” I’m only aware of some secret plot to convert you over to Dem via subliminal messages hidden in her posts….I’ve said too much !

                    • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

                      Funny! I always wondered why I felt like selling my guns and joining a union when I spent too much time here…

                    • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

                      Aha! So my nefarious plot is working. Mwha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

                      By the way, what’s a ‘nom’?

                    • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

                      Nom is short for Anomaly – hope you don’t mind…

                  • SoCkS

                    >> WOmen << admins, suppose I could stop here !

                    say what little guy? Testing, Testing is this mic on? — FON Adjunct WOMAN Admin withholding p$##y from Mr.Sweetie!

                    • http://comgen.blogspot.com/ ComGen

                      ………………..runs…………………………

                    • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

                      You better run, Boy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tacolar.mars Bigdog327

    RIP #GOP I can’t wait until you are nothing more then a bad memory! Pack your bags morons, that time is coming to a State near you!

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