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Jan122011

Homelessness Increases Due to Recession

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The National Alliance to End Homelessness released a report Wednesday that showed the number of homeless families in the United States went up four percent during the recession in 2008 and 2009. 

Among those speaking at the Alliance presentation at the National Press Club was Ebony Roscoe, a one-time homeless single mother of four who recently found a job and got an apartment with the help of the Community of Hope in Washington, D.C.  "Staying and feeling stable within a school was difficult. It was hard enough moving from place to place and not knowing where we were actually going to be staying. So making and keeping stable friends made them feel sad at times," said Roscoe.

 Roscoe said even with her job she still relies on assistance which has dwindled due to the recession. "During the time of unemployment and even while employed now i make ends meet with assistance that i receive.  Benefits from social services have decreased tremendously but we still try to make things do."

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