The homeless population is growing rapidly in the United States, and the number of people sleeping on the streets of major cities is growing exponentially, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The report finds that more than 50,000 people live in the U.S. without permanent housing and the homeless population grew by more than 9% in 2016.
More than 40,000 of those are in the Northeast.
“The fact that there are so many homeless people in our nation and in our cities and in all of our communities, I think, is something we can and must address,” said Karen DeCamp, executive director of the ACLU’s National Advocacy Center, in a press conference Tuesday.
DeCamp said her group, which focuses on issues such as homelessness and poverty, will launch a nationwide campaign to make more homeless homes available for the elderly and disabled.
“People with disabilities are the most vulnerable, so the more places they can stay, the more they can be cared for,” DeCamp added.
“It’s time for us to recognize that the most important thing about homeless people is their dignity, their ability to get the care they need, to be able to get their life back on track.”
The report found that more and more cities and states are trying to tackle the problem of homelessness.
But the city of Portland, Oregon, recently launched a pilot program that will allow homeless people to stay in temporary housing.
The city has also taken steps to make sure that the homeless don’t get kicked out of their homes.
The Portland Homeless Task Force has also found that many of the homeless people who move into temporary housing are homeless veterans, who are now able to find housing elsewhere.
DeMet says she believes it is time for cities to make permanent housing available to the homeless.
“As cities we need to find a way to address homelessness,” she said.
“That’s not just an issue of funding, but it’s also a human rights issue, and it’s an economic issue.”
But DeCamp warns that making permanent housing accessible to the city’s homeless will be difficult.
“This will be an incredible challenge,” she added.
DeMarz says she wants to help others get through the next six months.
She is hoping to meet with her sister and her grandmother to plan the next steps.
“I think it’s important to have a plan for the next four months, and then a plan in three years,” DeMarzz said.
She said she is also considering moving to a better city, but wants to continue living in the city.
“Hopefully I can make some new friends and continue to live in Portland,” she says.
DeBosch has had a hard time finding permanent housing.
She says she is homeless because she has to live with her husband, a teacher, who is in his 60s and can no longer work full-time.
“He is in a wheelchair, and he has a lot of mental health issues,” DeBozch said.
DeBrash says she needs help getting her to her new apartment, but she has been told she will not be able access the funds for a new place of her own.
“They have told me they have no way to help me, and I need a place to stay,” she explained.
“If I don’t have a place in two weeks, then I’m not going to be going to my job.
It’s very stressful, because I have to pay the rent.”
DeBrasch is a member of the Coalition of American Women, and DeBose says she plans to donate all of her wages to the local homeless shelter.
“In my opinion, I should have been given more money,” DeBrasse said.
In response to the report, DeCamp called for “bold and immediate action” by the federal government to create a program to help the homeless and provide them with permanent housing so they can move into jobs.
“We need to make these homeless people work for the economy,” DeConos said.
The ACLU says the country has been failing the homeless for too long.
“These are not the homeless we used to know,” DeSantis said.