Bonnie Mulfinger: Homeless hard facts

November 25, 2013 

I was disturbed to read the Nov. 22 news article “Number of homeless people declines in annual count.”

The statistics used were from people living in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs and from people counted as living on the streets. Those numbers do not reflect the thousands of people who have lost their homes and are living with family members or living in single hotel rooms with large families.

The truth is, the lack of adequate, affordable housing is a crisis in this community. There are very few true emergency shelters. More common is a long waiting list to be admitted to a shelter or a transitional housing program. The article also referred to the expected 5 percent cut in federal funding for housing assistance, which will only exacerbate this problem.

I am a school social worker in Wake County and see the daily stress caused by homelessness for children and families. Failure to count all of them in the statistics is a large-scale denial of a serious social issue.

Bonnie Mulfinger


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