US streets full of formerly-middle class

US streets full of formerly-middle class

Published: 17 August, 2011, 00:49

With more people finding high rents, or mortgage payments impossible to pay, sleeping in a car or motor home has become a widespread, last resort.

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“We live in a city where people are one pay check away from being homeless,” said Sobel. “If you go down on skid row, that’s what you see.  People lost an apartment, they wound up there and it becomes a cycle you can’t get out of,” Sobel added.

Those trying to help the homeless may become a target as well.

Activists have been arrested for feeding transients in Orlando, FL, one of the several American cities where feeding the homeless is outlawed.

“It could be you.  Most people are one or two paychecks away from losing their housing.  And that’s just the truth,” said Peggy Lee Kennedy, an activist with Food Not Bombs.

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Food pantries are under high demand and a record 45 million people are now on food stamps.

via US streets full of formerly-middle class — RT.

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