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"The shelters are full, transitional housing is very limited, and [so is] permanent housing that is affordable on local transportation routes.” Such, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ recent survey of homelessness in 23 cities, is the bleak situation in Charleston, S.C.

But what is true of Charleston is also true of many other cities in this, one of the richest countries in the world. Homelessness in the United States has been rising for over two decades. The survey’s outlook section, moreover, predicts an increase in individual requests for emergency shelter in 2007 (America: National Catholic Review).

While most people think of homelessness in terms of single men, roughly a third of the homeless population is made up of families, many of them headed by single parents. Families represent an especially vulnerable segment of the homeless population because of the presence of children (Author).
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