As there are mentally ill, people with substance abuse problems alcoholism and all the rest......these people belong not in homes but places of care where they may be treated for their illnesses.....there will continue to be homeless.
This started way back in the US in the reagan days. STopping federal funding in many respects most states effectively put the formally institutionalized out in the streets.
So that was the first wave of homeless in the US in modern times. Ongoing it continues and the numbers increase. With no care each person who perhaps as a teen finds himself with such disability has a little window of care(perhaps family) and then when age requirement on insurance runs out or money simply runs out...no care is available....they are the homeless and their numbers continually increase.
So it is essentially a care/health care issue. Providing homes for these unfortunates will not solve their problems they need medical care.
Not getting it they will continue to be homeless. These peoples could be homelivers but mostly first to do such they need care perhaps medicine to conunter their problems.
There is a influx into the homeless community with new members due to economy. But for every one of them that comes to that population we probably have at least a hundred that are displaced but now life with relatives and friends, or other nonrecognized means.
So forecloseur by my take probably more closely represents who is in crisis and who is not. Economic homeless are gradually absorbed.
Spikes then it declines. Of course now is a spike but really this spike speaks not to the real numbers who do not have homes...forecloseurs mainly they do.
I could find curent stats, they are published every month but this is from 2010. Since this is 2011 complete stats for trhe year are not out....this has a state by state breakdown.....http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=13107798
Just a little blurb but this references at least one comparison of forcloeseurs US and UK and it references 09 to boot
but the variance is astounding if you look at the numbers. European nations in the main they have many concorted interests and measurements so the forcloseur rates are not as readily available as in the US......http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2011/08/comparing-the-foreclosure-crisis-in-the-us-and-europe.html
....they could be found but it would take a while. Clicking on the link within the link provided(the article) will give actual comparable numbers for european countries.
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