[Hpn] More families seek aid

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      By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY

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      More people are requesting emergency food aid and more homeless =
families with children are seeking shelter, concludes a 23-city survey =
released Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
      Four of five cities say requests for food aid rose an average of =
12% from the previous year, according to the survey for the period =
covering November 2006 through October 2007. Most cities had reported a =
jump in such requests the prior year as well.

      Ten of 14 cities with data on homeless families say more families =
with children sought emergency shelter and transitional housing. About =
half of the cities say their overall homeless problem increased. =
Collectively, the cities report giving shelter to 193,183 people.

      "We're heading in the wrong direction because of poverty, =
unemployment and housing costs," says Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, =
president of the mayors conference. He added that the full effects of =
record mortgage foreclosures have yet to be seen. The report does cite =
some progress. Of 11 cities with data on homeless adults seeking =
shelter, five - Louisville; Nashville; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; and =
Seattle - report a decline. Also, the length of stays in shelters and =
transitional housing for single adults and families shortened.

      Last month, the federal government reported a 12% decline in the =
number of chronically homeless adults who live on the streets or in =
emergency shelters. The number fell to 155,623 in January 2006 from =
175,914 in January 2005, according to the Department of Housing and =
Urban Development.=20

      FIND MORE STORIES IN: US Department of Agriculture | Department of =
Housing and Urban Development=20
      HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson says the numbers "show remarkable =
progress is being made." He attributed the decline to better reporting =
and more local and federal resources for permanent housing, health care =
and other services.

      Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie takes little comfort in HUD's =
numbers.=20

      He says chronically homeless adults account for only 10% of all =
homeless people. "There are still more people needing help."=20

      The mayors' report is limited because it surveys only 23 cities, =
each of which collects data differently, says Mark Nord, lead author of =
an annual food security report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

      The USDA's most recent report, released last month, says 4% of =
households lacked adequate access to food in 2006, about the same as in =
2005.

      It also found, however, that the number of households obtaining =
food from community providers rose 26% from 2001 to 2006, and the number =
of households having the least access to food rose 32%, or 1.3 million, =
during that time. USDA data do not include the homeless.

      Most of the 205 food banks that belong to America's Second =
Harvest, the nation's largest hunger-relief group, say demand has risen =
at least 20% this year, according to group spokesman Ross Fraser.

      "Even in places like New Hampshire, which you wouldn't think of as =
needy, the demand is way up," Fraser says. He says financial =
contributions have held steady but food donations, including those from =
the USDA, have fallen. At this rate, he says, food banks will fall =
nearly 12 million meals short this year.

      Cities report rising demand for food and shelter

      Findings from November 2006-October 2007:


            City
           Demand for emergency food aid
           Number of homeless people served
           Demand for emergency shelter or transitional housing
          =20
          =20
            Boston
           increased
           6,636
           increased
          =20
          =20
            Charleston, S.C.
           NA
           1,658
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Charlotte
           increased
           9,498
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Chicago
           increased
           NA
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Cleveland
           same
           13,103
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Denver
           increased
           71,480
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Des Moines
           increased
           6,068
           increased
          =20
          =20
            Detroit
           increased
           4,738
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Kansas City
           NA
           2,509
           increased
          =20
          =20
            Los Angeles
           increased
           7,960
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Louisville
           increased
           10,933
           decreased
          =20
          =20
            Miami
           increased
           1,100
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Nashville
           increased
           11,213
           decreased
          =20
          =20
            Philadelphia
           increased
           13,335
           decreased
          =20
          =20
            Phoenix
           increased
           NA
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Portland, Ore.
           decreased
           3,189
           decreased
          =20
          =20
            Providence
           increased
           2,819
           increased
          =20
          =20
            Salt Lake City
           increased
           4,230
           increased
          =20
          =20
            San Francisco
           increased
           9,791
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Santa Monica, Calif.
           increased
           924
           NA
          =20
          =20
            Seattle
           same
           4,360
           decreased
          =20
          =20
            St. Paul
           NA
           5,083
           increased
          =20
          =20
            Trenton, N.J.
           same
           2,459
           NA
          =20
          =20
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      <DIV class=3Dinside-copy>More people are requesting emergency food =
aid and=20
      more homeless families with children are seeking shelter, =
concludes a=20
      23-city survey released Monday by the U.S. Conference of =
Mayors.</DIV>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>Four of five cities say requests for food =
aid rose an=20
      average of 12% from the previous year, according to the survey for =
the=20
      period covering November 2006 through October 2007. Most cities =
had=20
      reported a jump in such requests the prior year as well.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>Ten of 14 cities with data on homeless =
families say=20
      more families with children sought emergency shelter and =
transitional=20
      housing. About half of the cities say their overall homeless =
problem=20
      increased. Collectively, the cities report giving shelter to =
193,183=20
      people.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>"We're heading in the wrong direction =
because of=20
      poverty, unemployment and housing costs," says Trenton Mayor =
Douglas=20
      Palmer, president of the mayors conference. He added that the full =
effects=20
      of record mortgage foreclosures have yet to be seen. The report =
does cite=20
      some progress. Of 11 cities with data on homeless adults seeking =
shelter,=20
      five =97 Louisville; Nashville; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; and =
Seattle =97=20
      report a decline. Also, the length of stays in shelters and =
transitional=20
      housing for single adults and families shortened.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>Last month, the federal government reported =
a 12%=20
      decline in the number of chronically homeless adults who live on =
the=20
      streets or in emergency shelters. The number fell to 155,623 in =
January=20
      2006 from 175,914 in January 2005, according to the Department of =
Housing=20
      and Urban Development. </P>
      <DIV id=3DtagCrumbs><SPAN class=3DtagListLabel><STRONG>FIND MORE =
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Development</FONT></A>=20
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      <P class=3Dinside-copy>HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson says the =
numbers "show=20
      remarkable progress is being made." He attributed the decline to =
better=20
      reporting and more local and federal resources for permanent =
housing,=20
      health care and other services.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie takes little =
comfort in=20
      HUD's numbers. </P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>He says chronically homeless adults account =
for only=20
      10% of all homeless people. "There are still more people needing =
help."=20
      </P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>The mayors' report is limited because it =
surveys only=20
      23 cities, each of which collects data differently, says Mark =
Nord, lead=20
      author of an annual food security report by the U.S. Department of =

      Agriculture.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>The USDA's most recent report, released =
last month,=20
      says 4% of households lacked adequate access to food in 2006, =
about the=20
      same as in 2005.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>It also found, however, that the number of =
households=20
      obtaining food from community providers rose 26% from 2001 to =
2006, and=20
      the number of households having the least access to food rose 32%, =
or 1.3=20
      million, during that time. USDA data do not include the =
homeless.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>Most of the 205 food banks that belong to =
America's=20
      Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger-relief group, say =
demand has=20
      risen at least 20% this year, according to group spokesman Ross=20
Fraser.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>"Even in places like New Hampshire, which =
you=20
      wouldn't think of as needy, the demand is way up," Fraser says. He =
says=20
      financial contributions have held steady but food donations, =
including=20
      those from the USDA, have fallen. At this rate, he says, food =
banks will=20
      fall nearly 12 million meals short this year.</P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy><B>Cities report rising demand for food and =

      shelter</B></P>
      <P class=3Dinside-copy>Findings from November 2006-October =
2007:</P>
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            <P><FONT color=3D#ffffff>Demand for emergency food=20
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            <P><FONT color=3D#ffffff>Number of homeless people=20
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dmiddle bgColor=3D#bdbdf7><B>
            <P><FONT color=3D#ffffff>Demand for emergency shelter or =
transitional=20
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            <P>increased</P></TD>
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height=3D16>
            <P>6,636</P></TD>
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            <P>Charleston, S.C.</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>NA</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>1,658</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
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            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>9,498</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>NA</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
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            <P>Cleveland</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>same</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>13,103</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
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            <P>Denver</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>71,480</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>Detroit</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>4,738</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
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            <P>Kansas City</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>NA</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>2,509</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>increased</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
          <TD colSpan=3D4><IMG height=3D1=20
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>Los Angeles</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>7,960</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
          <TD colSpan=3D4><IMG height=3D1=20
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>Louisville</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>10,933</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>decreased</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>Miami</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>1,100</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>Nashville</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>11,213</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>decreased</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
          <TD colSpan=3D4><IMG height=3D1=20
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            <P>Philadelphia</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>13,335</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>decreased</P></TD></TR>
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>Phoenix</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>NA</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
          <TD colSpan=3D4><IMG height=3D1=20
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            <P>Portland, Ore.</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>decreased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>3,189</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>decreased</P></TD></TR>
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>Providence</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>2,819</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>increased</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
          <TD colSpan=3D4><IMG height=3D1=20
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            <P>Salt Lake City</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>4,230</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
          <TD colSpan=3D4><IMG height=3D1=20
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>San Francisco</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>9,791</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
          <TD colSpan=3D4><IMG height=3D1=20
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            <P>Santa Monica, Calif.</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>924</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dleft bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>Seattle</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>same</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>4,360</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>decreased</P></TD></TR>
        <TR>
          <TD colSpan=3D4><IMG height=3D1=20
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            <P>St. Paul</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>NA</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>5,083</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#ffffff>
            <P>increased</P></TD></TR>
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          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>same</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>2,459</P></TD>
          <TD class=3Dsidebar align=3Dright bgColor=3D#e5e7fc>
            <P>NA</P></TD></TR>
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