[Hpn] Number of homeless families rises for 3d straight year in city

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Number of homeless families rises for 3d straight year in city
New census shows an increase of 17%
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amilies_rises_for_3d_straight_year_in_city/

 By David Abel=20

Globe Staff / January 5, 2008=20
For the third consecutive year, the number of homeless families in =
Boston has increased, city officials said yesterday.

In last month's annual census of the city's homeless population, city =
officials counted 3,084 people in homeless families, a 17 percent rise =
over 2006. There were 2,325 members of homeless families in 2005.

While the number of homeless individuals - those without families in tow =
- declined by nearly 5 percent, the city's overall homeless population =
rose to 6,091 people, or 4 percent more than in 2006.

In the last 15 years, the city's homeless population has increased by =
nearly 57 percent.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and advocates for the homeless attributed the =
spike in homeless families to the high cost of housing and the lack of =
state and federal dollars to help those families.

"It is time for the federal government to recognize the growing crisis =
in family homelessness and to target more resources toward solutions," =
Menino said in a written statement, adding that the city lacks =
sufficient aid for rental assistance programs. "The federal government =
is leaving families behind."

Jim Greene, director of the city's Emergency Shelter Commission, added: =
"The housing picture for low-income families continues to be bleak =
without greater federal and state aid."

By yesterday, 37 families in the state were staying at motels because of =
a lack of space in family shelters, according to the Boston-based =
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. There is room for about =
1,685 families in the state's family shelters.

"There's a crisis in housing in terms of accessibility and =
affordability, and that's driving the crisis in family homelessness," =
said Joe Finn, executive director of the Alliance. "Instead of directing =
all the resources to shelters, it's a shame that we can't figure out =
ways to use the resources to alleviate the housing crisis."

The good news, city officials said, was the 40 percent decline in the =
number of people they found on the streets during the Dec. 18 census, =
which the mayor took part in. But that number has varied considerably =
over the years and often depends on the weather.

They attributed the decline in the number of people on the street to the =
city's efforts to find them housing. They said more than 100 people =
defined as chronically homeless have been placed in housing in the past =
year.

"This census is a mixed picture once again," Menino said. "Our housing =
strategy has focused on moving elderly and disabled individuals from the =
streets into permanent housing. This demonstrates what I have always =
believed: Housing is the solution to homelessness.








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New Hampshire Homeless=20
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Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.=20
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<P>For the third consecutive year, the number of homeless families in =
Boston has=20
increased, city officials said yesterday.</P>
<P>In last month's annual census of the city's homeless population, city =

officials counted 3,084 people in homeless families, a 17 percent rise =
over=20
2006. There were 2,325 members of homeless families in 2005.</P>
<P>While the number of homeless individuals - those without families in =
tow -=20
declined by nearly 5 percent, the city's overall homeless population =
rose to=20
6,091 people, or 4 percent more than in 2006.</P>
<P>In the last 15 years, the city's homeless population has increased by =
nearly=20
57 percent.</P>
<P>Mayor Thomas M. Menino and advocates for the homeless attributed the =
spike in=20
homeless families to the high cost of housing and the lack of state and =
federal=20
dollars to help those families.</P>
<P>"It is time for the federal government to recognize the growing =
crisis in=20
family homelessness and to target more resources toward solutions," =
Menino said=20
in a written statement, adding that the city lacks sufficient aid for =
rental=20
assistance programs. "The federal government is leaving families =
behind."</P>
<P>Jim Greene, director of the city's Emergency Shelter Commission, =
added: "The=20
housing picture for low-income families continues to be bleak without =
greater=20
federal and state aid."</P>
<P>By yesterday, 37 families in the state were staying at motels because =
of a=20
lack of space in family shelters, according to the Boston-based =
Massachusetts=20
Housing and Shelter Alliance. There is room for about 1,685 families in =
the=20
state's family shelters.</P>
<P>"There's a crisis in housing in terms of accessibility and =
affordability, and=20
that's driving the crisis in family homelessness," said Joe Finn, =
executive=20
director of the Alliance. "Instead of directing all the resources to =
shelters,=20
it's a shame that we can't figure out ways to use the resources to =
alleviate the=20
housing crisis."</P>
<P>The good news, city officials said, was the 40 percent decline in the =
number=20
of people they found on the streets during the Dec. 18 census, which the =
mayor=20
took part in. But that number has varied considerably over the years and =
often=20
depends on the weather.</P>
<P>They attributed the decline in the number of people on the street to =
the=20
city's efforts to find them housing. They said more than 100 people =
defined as=20
chronically homeless have been placed in housing in the past year.</P>
<P>"This census is a mixed picture once again," Menino said. "Our =
housing=20
strategy has focused on moving elderly and disabled individuals from the =
streets=20
into permanent housing. This demonstrates what I have always believed: =
Housing=20
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11-28-99<BR>25 Granite Street <BR>Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA=20
<BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights. =
<BR>1-603-286-2492=20
<BR><A =
href=3D"http://www.missingkids.com">http://www.missingkids.com</A> =
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.nationalhomeless.org">http://www.nationalhomeless.org<=
/A>=20
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A>=20
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