Thursday, May 07, 2009
A look at the growing homeless population comes in this report from USA Today. There's more than a little irony in the fact that all the former housing bubble states now have the simultaneous problems of a rising homeless rate and record numbers of unoccupied homes.
The third interview subject, Kevin Shutt, comments, "I've made Caesar salads table side, carved Chateaubriand - I can't get a job at Taco Bell."
Some details about Mr. Grondin, Mr. Marshall, and others from the video.
Jim Marshall recalls everything about that beautiful fall day.The "economic homeless". Aside from the Great Depression, is that something that has ever been seen before in the U.S.?
The temperature was about 70 degrees on Nov. 19, the sky was "totally blue," and the laughter from a martini bar drifted into the St. Petersburg park where Marshall, 39, sat contemplating his first day of homelessness.
"I was thinking, 'That was me at one point,' " he says of the revelers. "Now I'm thinking, 'Where am I going to sleep tonight? Where do I eat? Where do I shower?' "
The unemployed Detroit autoworker moved to Florida last year hoping he'd have better luck finding a job. He didn't, and he spent three months sleeping on sidewalks before landing in a tent city in Pinellas County, north of St. Petersburg, on Feb. 26.
Marshall is among a growing number of the economic homeless, a term for those newly displaced by layoffs, foreclosures or other financial troubles caused by the recession. They differ from the chronic homeless, the longtime street residents who often suffer from mental illness, drug abuse or alcoholism.