March 2, 2007, Washington There are approximately 754,000 homeless people living in the United States. One in five of the homeless are children. “On a yearly basis the total number of homeless fluctuates between 2 and 3 million” says Philip Mangano, the director of the Bush Administration’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. The army of homeless is growing because the housing costs are rising faster than benefits and social services. Other causes are domestic violence, drugs, the closing of mental hospitals and the lack of reintegration back into the society after imprisonment. Although blacks make up 12 % of the population in the US, they represent 45% of the homeless. One in every 6 homeless people is a woman.
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