I was watching a discussion about the bill passed to help folks who can't work, testing needs, who pays for what, etc. All are good causes. However, one of the people in the discussion, was the head of a teacher's union. She started to talk about homeless children and their dependence on school meals. Apparently if they don't have school food they have no food. Now add in that she said that they are currently feeding over 2.5 MILLION homeless children!
I had no idea that this was going on. Apparently this is nothing new and everybody (but me) knows about it. Anyway, I then proceeded to check this out. Here is a government report I found:https://www.usich.gov/homelessness-statistics/wa
Its interesting but really makes no sense. In the state of Washington it says there is over 23,000 homeless but there are over 40,000 homeless children. Anyway, there are interesting figures here. Here is another, from the Washington Post wondering where the 2.5 MILLION homeless are:
There are a LOT of responses if you google: "homeless children by state"
We are living in very strange times. It also looks like about 30% of the homeless children are "unaccompanied" (no parents available). This means, in theory, that something like 800,000 children are flat out on their own. All in all it would seem that the United States of America is a pretty happy hunting ground for some seriously scary and sick predators.
I was aware that there are a LOT of homeless. I was not aware of the number of kids that are homeless. The schools, it appears, feed them but don't house them. In my town there are lists, for instance, "top 10 best shelters for homeless", etc My town has a population of 19,000 and has at least 10 shelters for the homeless! The 7 largest apartment complexes, in my town, are low rent. The homeless, I think, are also the beginning of our permanent underclass and its not gonna get any smaller as robots continue to take jobs, etc. The current Covid-19 is just another disaster waiting to happen as well.
The school thing is especially strange. If they did supply shelter they would, in point of fact, be Orphanages. I had 4 friends who were raised in Orphanages (now all passed). They all thought well of their Orphanages and were happy to have been raised there rather than foster homes. They said that foster homes didn't seem to have any permanency to them and Orphanages did and that mattered. Orphanages no longer exist.
The reason is that the first thing politicians chisel on, when money is tight, are social services and they so reduced support for their Orphanages that they were being run by people working for the minimum wage. My state also did that with their Insane Asylums - which actually got shut down by the feds because they had completely failed. (no money, under staffed, under trained, abuse, etc). Instead we now have foster homes (I have never supported foster homes and doubt their efficacy).
When I start to think about hundreds of thousands of kids raising themselves and each other, with little or no direction or socialization, one can only wonder what the product is going to be?
I just thought I would mention the homeless kids thing. I would be interested on thoughts, on this one.