Foreclosure Crisis, Job Losses Blamed For Rise in Homeless Families
Hauppauge (WALK) - The economy has tanked, unemployment is way up- and, as a result, homelessness is a growing problem in Suffolk.
Word yesterday that nearly 1,500 people were reported as homeless in Suffolk last month, by the Department of Social Services. That's almost a third higher than the number of homeless in Suffolk at the same time in 2008. Even more disturbing is word that over half of the county's homeless are children.
Foreclosure and unemployment are leaving more and more families without a place to live, according to homeless advocates. They say it's increasingly common to see people who have lost jobs and can't find another, then being unable to pay the rent or mortgage after using up all their savings.