March 11th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Tent cities, street families, homeless kids ….

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/03/10/homeless.children/art.homeless.gi.jpg caption="The National Center on Family Homelessness estimates more than 1.5 million children are without a home."]

Jay Bookman
The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Out in Sacramento, a “tent city” of up to 1,200 homeless people, many of them newly on the streets, has popped up in the exact site of a “Hooverville,” or tent city, during the Great Depression. A similar tent city in Pinellas County, Fla., also reports rapid growth.

“We have a lot of folks that do construction, a lot of folks that are cooks and waiters and waitresses that can’t find jobs and if they find jobs they’re only part time, and it’s difficult for them,” said Sheila Lopez, director of Pinellas Hope. “They need fulltime regular jobs.”
Meanwhile, Time Magazine reports growing numbers of homeless families with children.

Filed under: Economy • Housing Market
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  1. Michael "C Lorton, Virginia

    From Wall Street to "tent city,"---times are truly changing.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:10 am |