Fw: "Homelessness Surges" As Funding "Falters"?...
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Subject: Fw: "Homelessness Surges" As Funding "Falters"?...
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Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009, 10:11 AM"Homelessness Surges" as Funding "Falters"?..._____________________________________________________homeless populations, advocates and experts point to a bevy of evidence that homelessnessis rising and will continue to, most notably among families with children. Sheltersacross the country report that more people are seeking emergency shelter andmore are being turned away. In a report published in December, 330 schooldistricts identified the same number or more homeless students in thefirst few months of the school year than they identified inthe entire previous year. Meantime, demand is sharply up atsoup kitchens, an indication of deepening hardship and potentialhomelessness... 'In the foreclosure crisis, the people being displacedfrom homes won't likely be on the street immediately', explains MichaelStoops, director of National Coalition for the Homeless. 'The people whohave lost homes or tenants in homes that were foreclosed have downsized, andif that doesn't work they will move in with family and friends', says Stoops. 'Aftera while, they will move into their RV in a state campground. The next step is a car.And the worst nightmare for a working, middle-class person or even a wealthy personwho has never experienced homelessness is knocking on a shelter door'... As the case ofSeattle's CityTeam shelter illustrates, many nonprofits serving the poor are working on ashoestring, even in better times. Seattle-area donations to the shelter had to be supplementedfrom general funds, said Jeff Cherniss, chief financial officer of CityTeam, which operatesshelters and food programs in five other U.S. cities... Every major source of funding isunder pressure in the current environment: Charitable foundations (which rely oncorporate profits for their seed money and investments to preserve and build those funds)have been forced to pull back grants after taking a massive hit as corporate earnings falteredand stocks plunged. The National Council of Foundations recently estimated that philanthropicfoundation endowments have lost $200 billion in value during the economic crisis..."MSNBC, By Kari Huus, Jan. 30, 2009For More On This, See ( http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28916152/ )_______________________________________________________________________________?"There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange"...Daniel Webster