Homelessness in the US

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, Emotional Intelligence Coach

In 2000, 11.3% ofrepparttar US population, 31.3 million people, lived in poverty. Here'srepparttar 132465 most current information on homelessinrepparttar 132466 US. For ways to help, scroll down.

1. Since 2000,repparttar 132467 number of people living in extreme poverty has increased.

2.According torepparttar 132468 2003 report fromrepparttar 132469 National Coalition forrepparttar 132470 Homeless (NCH), Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and Atlanta arerepparttar 132471 top five “meanest” cities inrepparttar 132472 US for poor and homeless people to live in; California isrepparttar 132473 “meanest” state, followed by Florida.


”In Milwaukee, a church has been declared a public nuisance for feeding homeless people and allowing them to sleep there.

In Gainesville, police threatened U. of Florida students with arrest if they did not stop serving meals to homeless people in a public park.

In Santa Barbara, it is illegal to lean againstrepparttar 132474 front of a building or a store, and no one can park a motor home onrepparttar 132475 street in one place for more than two hours.”

4.Families with children are by farrepparttar 132476 fastest-growing sector ofrepparttar 132477 homeless population.

Children alone compose about 39% ofrepparttar 132478 homeless.

5.Inrepparttar 132479 median state, a minimum-wage worker would have to work 89 hours a week to afford a 2-bedroom apartment at 30% of his or her income, which isrepparttar 132480 federal definition of affordable housing (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2001).

6.Forrepparttar 132481 disabled, in 1998, on a national average, someone receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) had to spend 69% of their monthly income to rent a 1-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent.

7.Loss of single room occupancy housing (SRO) exacerbatesrepparttar 132482 problem. From 1970-mid 80s, an estimated one million SRO units were demolish (Dolbeare, 1996).

New York City lost 87% of its $200 a month or less SRO. Chicago experienced total elimination of cubicle hotels. By 1985, Los Angeles lock more than half its downtown SRO. San Francisco lost 43%, Portland lost 59% and Denver lost 64%. [Data is here: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/causes.html]

Who is John Doe in Spain? in Russia? in France?

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, The EQ Coach

Funnyname.com has compiled a really interesting list of what other countries use forrepparttar US “John Doe” or “Joe Blow” - http://www.funnyname.com/anonymous.html . Here are some ofrepparttar 132463 entries people have sent in. I direct you torepparttar 132464 site for others, and to add ones not there! I thought it was really interesting how some ofrepparttar 132465 people mentioned series of 3 names. What’s that like inrepparttar 132466 US? Larry, Curly and Moe? 1.Afrikanns (South Africa): In Afrikanns, an indigenous language of South Africa derived mainly from Dutch,repparttar 132467 anonymous person is most often “Koos van der Merwe". Koos isrepparttar 132468 short form of Jacobus, which is a variant of Jacob. -- Courtesy of Hans Pietersen

2.English (Australian): Fred Nurk, as in “afraid not” in a deep Aussie accent. Joe Farnarkle is another, a farnarkler is a b****** artist. - Courtesy of Jeremy Ham

3.Italian: The Italian equivalent of John Doe is Mario Rossi. It isrepparttar 132469 most common name, so it is often used to indicate an average person.

To refer to unknown people, we use Tizio, Caio and Sempronio. Tizio is alwaysrepparttar 132470 first one, and you userepparttar 132471 other two (in that order) if you need more than one. A bit like Fulano/Mengano/Sultano in Spanish, I guess. Some use Filano (obviously related torepparttar 132472 Spanish Fulano) together withrepparttar 132473 other three.

Another generic name is Pinco Pallino, although this would never be used in formal situations. -- Courtesy of Stefano J. Attardi

4.Malay: Si Anu. "Anu" hasrepparttar 132474 same connotation asrepparttar 132475 British "thingy" as inrepparttar 132476 word "thingamajig." "Si" is a word used in front of a first name, which is used in street talk when referring to someone, e.g. "Si Ahmad", "Si Nora" etc.-- Courtesy of Jas Emmar

5.Russian: In Runet (that's how we call Russian Internet)repparttar 132477 informal name for an anonymous person is Vasya Pupkin, pronounced in English like vARs'a pOOp-kinn (' indicating a soft consonant); if I transcribedrepparttar 132478 surname for a French-speaking one, I'd write "Poupkine". Vasya Pupkin is also a name for a 'lamer', a tech-ignorant but very pretentious young hacker. Also, a traditional way to list a group of anonymous people is "Ivanov, Petrov, Sidorov" (three common surnames, pronounced like EE-vah-nuf, pEEt-ruf, sEEduh-ruf). This tradition precedes Internet by many years. -- Courtesy of Kirill Manucharov

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