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National Survey Finds Foreclosures Adding To Homeless Crisis
WASHINGTON - June 25 - A partnership of national homeless organizations, including the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and the National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness; have release a joint report on the impact of the foreclosure and economic crises and the unprecedented growth in the number of individuals and families left without a home in the United States.
In a national survey of homeless service and advocacy agencies conducted by the these groups, 79 percent of respondents stated that at least some of their clients were homeless as a result of foreclosure, and about half estimated that more than ten percent of their clients were homeless because of foreclosure on a home they had been occupying.
During 2008, RealtyTrac reported 3,157,806 foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions, an 81 percent jump from 2007 and a 225 percent increase from 2006.
“We are one step away from foreclosure. More and more families and children are affected by job loss and the economy. ‘Getting back on your feet’ is next to impossible in today’s society. The public needs to be made aware of who is becoming homeless... and that they could be next - just like any average family,” an individual respondent to the national survey from North Carolina reported.
The study found that there are many interrelated consequences of the economic downturn that lead to both home foreclosure and to homelessness. There is an increased need for affordable housing, as well as targeted legal assistance, health care, living-wage jobs, income supports, access to education, civil rights protections and the various supports that will continue to be needed as a result of the recession.
John Parvensky, Board of Directors President for the National Coalition for the Homeless and Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless states, "This report underscores the fact that we as a nation need to strengthen our efforts to prevent homelessness resulting from this economic crisis, while creating sufficient new affordable rental housing to ensure that no family in America has to experience the tragedy of homelessness."
The Press Conference will be part of the plenary session of
the 2009 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium,
on Friday morning, June 26, in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency
Washington Hotel on Capitol Hill, 400
New Jersey Ave, NW. 700 registrants from around the country will
be in attendance. See http://www.nhchc.org/
The Press event will include the following scheduled speakers:
9:30am — Release of Foreclosure to Homelessness 2009 the Forgotten Victims of the Subprime Crisis
· John Lozier- Executive Director National Health Care for the Homeless Council
· Donna Smith, Community Organizer, California Nurses Association. Her story was featured in the movie Sicko.
· John Parvensky, JD, President, National Coalition for the Homeless and Executive Director, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
· Introduction of Representatives of collaborating national homeless organizations.
· U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison
A question and answer period will immediately follow the presentation in the Bunker Hill room of the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel.
The official release of the Foreclosure to Homelessness report will follow the Press Conference. The report will be made available Friday morning at www.nationalhomeless.org.