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Affordable-housing shortage fuels U.S. homelessness

More than two-thirds of cities surveyed report more demand for assisted housing

Hunger and homelessness continued to rise in major American cities over the last year, according to the new U.S. Conference of Mayors-Sodexho USA Hunger and Homelessness Survey, released today at the Conference of Mayors Headquarters in Washington. In particular, families with children requesting food assistance and emergency shelter also increased substantially over the last year. Even with an improving economy, overall requests for emergency food assistance increased by an average of 14 percent over the past year with 96 percent of the cities registering an increase. Also during the past year, requests for emergency shelter assistance increased by an average of 6 percent, with 70 percent of the 27 cities surveyed showing an increase. "These are not simply statistics," said Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, who co-chairs the Conference's Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness. "These are real people, many are families with children, who are hungry and homeless in our cities. Unfortunatel...