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tent cities spring up in LA

by Lupin Tue Mar 18th, 2008 at 10:29:56 AM EST

Have you seen this BBC report (accessible on YouTube) on tent cities of foreclosure victims springing up outside L.A.?

(diaried earlier on kos.)

The Youtube you linked to was "not available in my country", but here's another version:

It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 18th, 2008 at 04:30:47 PM EST
Not that we're not going to see more of this, but it won't be anything new until we see people that were solid middle-middle class in tents. The people in this video were lower middle class to poor to begin with.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Mar 18th, 2008 at 05:03:58 PM EST
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Weren't there reports of people living out of their cars a while back?

Besides - this is LA. You can live in a tent in LA and survive, just about.

If people in Chicago try to live through winter in tents, the footage is going to start showing frozen corpses being pulled out of the snow.

At least the neocons are consistent. Wherever they control an economy, shanty towns and corpses always follow them.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Mar 18th, 2008 at 05:38:45 PM EST
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There are lots of poor people in America - already.

You guys do realize there have always been homeless populations in America, right?  

And there are people who live in Chicago in the winter in tents, under bridges, in parks, etc etc.   And it's not new.  

Also, check this out:

The National Hunger Study: Chicago Profile
The Greater Chicago Food Depository conducted extensive research in early 2005 in conjunction with America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization with a network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations. Nationwide, the study found that an estimated 25 million people rely on food and grocery assistance provided by network food banks and food rescue organizations. More than 52,000 clients and 30,000 agencies were surveyed nationwide. For the Cook County study, 438 clients and 324 agency heads were interviewed.

Increasing need in Cook County

Close to 500,000 people each year rely on emergency and supplemental food provided by the Food Depository and its member network of almost 600 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. That figure represents a significant increase over previous studies conducted by the Food Depository and reflects census trends of poverty in Cook County. Growing numbers of Cook County residents are relying on agencies for stop-gap food assistance.

The face of hunger

Working poor families, parents of young children and elderly are among those who need Food Depository assistance to help make ends meet.

Thirty-nine percent of the households who receive food from the Food Depository include at least one employed adult
About 33 percent of the people the Food Depository serves are children under 18
10 percent of study respondents were 65 and older
25 percent of households served have at least one family member in poor health
22 percent of clients surveyed live in the suburbs
10 percent own the place where they live
9 percent of clients are homeless

Assistance helps make ends meet, hard choices lead to hunger

41 percent of clients said they had to choose between paying for food and utilities or heating fuel
31 percent reported choosing between paying for food and rent or mortgage
26 percent of clients said they had to choose between food and paying for medicine or healthcare
32 percent of clients with children said their children skipped meals during the previous year
26 percent of adult clients said they didn't eat for an entire day at least once during the last year
81 percent of households reported a situation during the last year where the food they bought "just didn't last and they didn't have money to get more"

Demographic breakdown

54 percent female
46 percent male
70 percent non-Hispanic Black
14 percent Latino or Hispanic
13 percent non-Hispanic White
4 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native

Emphasis mine, and these stats come from the time before the housing bubble burst and economy tanked.  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Tue Mar 18th, 2008 at 05:53:03 PM EST
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Source:  http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=faces_whoshungry

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Tue Mar 18th, 2008 at 05:53:56 PM EST
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Homeless are nothing new. This "story" is the BBC jumping the gun, salivating over the carnage to come.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Mar 18th, 2008 at 06:36:59 PM EST
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The press in the Netherlands, and I guess much of Europe at some point just ceased to be interested in the story - the amount of homeless people in the richest country on earth (former by now). It wasn't part of how we should understand America.

You're probably right that the BBC is jumping the gun. In the future they can reference 'breaking' this story months ago.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Mar 19th, 2008 at 09:28:30 PM EST
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is that these are not the OLD homeless people, whom everybody has been ignoring for some two decades now.  

These are NEW homeless people, fresh from the burst housing bubble and incipient national financial collapse.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 01:26:17 AM EST
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