As America Gave Thanks, Homelessness Set New Records In Major Cities All Over The Nation

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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

If the economy is doing just fine, then why is homelessness at levels not seen “since the Great Depression” in major cities all over the country? 

If the U.S. economy was actually in good shape, we would expect that the number of people that are homeless would be going down or at least stabilizing.  Instead, we have a growing national crisis on our hands.  In fact, within the past two years “at least 10 cities or municipal regions in California, Oregon and Washington” have declared a state of emergency because the number of homeless is growing so rapidly.

Things are particularly bad in southern California, and this year the Midnight Mission will literally be feeding a small army of people that have nowhere to sleep at night…

Thanksgiving meals will be served to thousands of homeless and near-homeless individuals today on Skid Row and in Pasadena and Canoga Park amid calls for donations and volunteers for the rest of the year.


The Midnight Mission will serve Thanksgiving brunch to nearly 2,500 homeless and near-homeless men, women and children, according to Georgia Berkovich, its director of public affairs.

Overall, the Midnight Mission serves more than a million meals a year, and Berkovich says that homelessness hasn’t been this bad in southern California “since the Great Depression”

Berkovich said the group has been serving nearly 1 million meals a year each year since 2013.


“We haven’t seen numbers like this since the Great Depression,” she said.

And of course the official numbers confirm what Berkovich is claiming.  According to an article published earlier this year, the number of homeless people living in Los Angeles County has never been higher…

The number of homeless people in Los Angeles has jumped to a new record, as city officials grapple with a humanitarian crisis of proportions remarkable for a modern American metropolis.


Municipal leaders said that a recent count over several nights found 55,188 homeless people living in a survey region comprising most of Los Angeles County, up more than 25% from last year.

If the California economy is truly doing well, then why is this happening?

We see the same thing happening when we look at the east coast.  Just check out these numbers from New York City

In recent years the number of homeless people has grown. Whereas rents increased by 18% between 2005 and 2015, incomes rose by 5%. When Rudy Giuliani entered City Hall in 1994, 24,000 people lived in shelters. About 31,000 lived in them when Mike Bloomberg became mayor in 2002. When Bill de Blasio entered City Hall in 2014, 51,500 did. The number of homeless people now in shelters is around 63,000.

For New York, this is the highest that the homeless population has been since the Great Depression, and city leaders are trying to come up with a solution.

Meanwhile, things are so bad in Seattle that “400 unauthorized tent camps” have popped up…

Housing prices are soaring here thanks to the tech industry, but the boom comes with a consequence: A surge in homelessness marked by 400 unauthorized tent camps in parks, under bridges, on freeway medians and along busy sidewalks. The liberal city is trying to figure out what to do.

Are you noticing a theme?

Homelessness is at epidemic levels all over the U.S., and this crisis is getting worse with each passing day.  Some communities are trying to care for their growing homeless populations, but others are simply trying to force them to go somewhere else.  They are doing this by essentially making it illegal to be homeless.  In some cities it is now a crime to engage in “public camping”, to “block a walkway” or to create any sort of “temporary structure for human habitation”.  These laws specifically target the homeless, and they are very cruel.

Many of us tend to picture the homeless as mostly lazy older men that don’t want to work and that instead want to drink or do drugs all day.

But the truth is that women and children make up a significant percentage of the homeless.

In fact, the number of homeless children in our country has increased by about 60 percent since the end of the last recession.

And there are thousands upon thousands of military veterans that are homeless.  For example, a 34-year-old man named Johnny that served in the Marine Corps recently used his last 20 dollars to buy fuel for a woman that had run out of gas and was stranded along I-95 in Miami

Pulled over on the side of I-95, McClure, 27, was approached by a homeless man named Johnny. She was apprehensive at first, but Johnny told her to get back into her car and to lock the doors while he walked to get her help. He went to a nearby gas station, used his last $20 fill a can and brought it back to fill up her car.


Grateful, but without a dollar to repay him, McClure promised she would come back with something.


In the weeks since, she’s returned to the spot along I-95 where Johnny stays with cash, snacks and Wawa gift cards. Each time she’s stopped by with her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, they’ve learned a bit more about Johnny’s story, and become humbled by his gratitude.

Deciding that they wanted to do even more for Johnny, they started a GoFundMe page for him and have since raised approximately $250,000.

So it looks like there is going to be a happy ending to Johnny’s story, but the truth is that more people are falling into homelessness with each passing day.

If things are this bad now, how much worse will they become as the economy really starts slowing down?  Already, we have shattered the all-time yearly record for retail store closings, and we still have more than a month to go.  The following is from a CNN article entitled “Is This The Last Black Friday?”

A record number of store closures - 6,735 - have already been announced this year. That’s more than triple the tally for 2016, according to Fung Global Retail and Technology, a retail think tank.


And there have been 620 bankruptcies in the sector so far this year, according to, up 31% from the same period last year. Prominent names such as Toys R Us, Gymboree, Payless Shoes and RadioShack have all filed this year, and Sears Holdings (SHLD), which owns both the iconic Sears and Kmart chains, has warned there is “substantial doubt” it can remain in business.

Sadly, analysts are projecting that the number of store closings could be as high as 9,000 next year.

Yes, there are some areas of the country that are doing well right now, but there are many others that are not.

Let us always remember to have compassion on those that are struggling, because someday we may be the ones that end up needing some help.

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Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on

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Yen Cross's picture

  I can't take all this "hidden" inflation. 

 WE clearly need to print moar fucking $'s [monies]?

MonetaryApostate's picture

With quadrillions of US Dollars out there & gigantic corps continuing to raise prices & fees, while wages remain flat, & no real tax reform for the serfs is coming, we are all screwed...

Cynicles II's picture

All they (the plutocrat controlled gloabalist gov) is to remove the guns from the Americans. They are very close.

38BWD22's picture



I often wonder nowadays just how bad things will get when the system goes haywire.  I see no way to avoid a hard re-set/SHTF.

I have prepared almost as much as I can.   The usual gold, guns, etc.

But, NO, we do not own farmland (etc.) because my wife and I would not be successful trying that (we're city people).  I have done extensive research into this: farming is extremely hard work!  A couple starting out brand-new in farming would be doomed.  

Should the very worst of the TEOTWAWKIs happen, we would be toast.  But, life would really suck for most of any survivors.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0's picture

I am watching FOX news and Tucker Carlson discussing euthanasia laws in Europe.

That is where this ends. We off people because it's cheaper.
Robert Clarke, ADF International, just said that 5 people per day are euthanized in Belgium. It isn't rare. It is now normal.

A son was told the day after his 64-year old mother was euthanized after being contacted to dispose of the remains. No physical or mental issues.

Soylent Green is here. So is 1984.

Pure Evil's picture

How many a day get euthanized in Chicago using different means?

vato poco's picture

well, if "homeless numbers setting records", then there must not be a democrat in the white house. 

God be Praised

bobcatz's picture

Americans need to recognize the country is under a seriously DARK CLOUD.

TBT or not TBT's picture

I thought the opioid crisis would take care of the homeless crisis.   Is it the other way around?   Annoying crises. 

God Emperor's picture

Don't fret...most of homeless are washed up hippies. Hipsters are next.

Expect more homelessness to come as millennial liberals will need to vacate parents' basements.

And seeing most of the broads give away for free their only assets... there's always gonna be merchandise for Weinstein and Co.

WWE Serena Deeb Leaked Nude Selfies

Scornd's picture

i hope u take care of yourself and your things

because were gonna eat you and take your stuff

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

Anybody else notice something's funny about that Johnny story? Couple of things actually. ICB. 

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Oh, but at the same time, we pay young people to reproduce, supplying both the citizen single moms and the noncitizens in married households with sole, male breadwinners with free housing, free groceries, monthly cash assistance and $6,318 child tax credits.

They do not have to worry about housing as long as they occupy part-time jobs, driving down wages, to stay below the less-than-$1,000-per-month income limit for welfare.

We call those mommas “working families,” glorifying their 20-hour-per-week-or-less work efforts, while calling “older men” and, presumably, older women “lazy,” in that they, like those “lazy,” underemployed, womb-less Millennial men, cannot use womb productivity as a bill-pay method.

This is the plan politicians have devised to counter automation-based underemployment. The pay-per-birth welfare and child-tax-credit system, in addition to accommodating women at the higher end of the wage pool to work instead of raising their children, is their plan. That way, we keep the wealth from the limited number of decent-paying jobs in fewer households.

And we have fewer working-age humans competing with robots for jobs.....


To keep this system intact, they are pushing euthanasia for old people, not realizing how quickly time passes and how quickly they [and their children] will be in that situation.

How moral. Put a baby bow and a cutesy family pic on it to humanize the idea.

That was a nice story about the young girl helping the older, homeless man who helped her. Perhaps, the underemployed Millennials should not be the constant subject of derision. The Millennial in this story has more morality than most in this society.

ElTerco's picture

The people claiming a $6318 child tax credit is chump change in the noise in terms of the grand scheme of budgetary outlays. In fact, the sum total of *all* child tax credits is in the noise, on the order of $50 billion a year spread across tens of millions of people in the overall population.

On the other hand, the rich receive tens or hundreds of millions a year by way of the capital gains tax rate. On the order of $500 billion a year in tax breaks mostly concentrated in the hands of hundreds of thousands in the overall population.

Which case above is the bigger graft?

Scornd's picture

There won't be any crops growing outside. Too poisonous. What's happening is a Hail Mary. There won't be a comeback for anyone to capitalize this time.

38BWD22's picture



History teaches us that disasters are of different magnitudes.  I hope you are wrong about the very worst happening.  The worst would likely eliminate the 90% or so that some Globalists/EcoNuts want.

If it's something like "Great Depresssion v 2", my family should be OK.

But NO ONE knows..........

Endgame Napoleon's picture

The people who say [their families] would thrive in an encore of the Great Depression are mostly delusional. Only a tiny fraction of affluent people would make it. People could wish the worse for the Depression Elite, assuming they think misery loves company, but the downfall of the Elite will not help any of us plebeians. The misery-loves-company thing is of limited value to introverts, anyway.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

There's an excellent TV series from the 1960s that will teach you everything you need to know about city folk moving to the country. Say HI to Arnold for me. The wisest character was Hank Kimball.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

When raised in the rural South [after] the Big Agriculture Industrial Complex of Big Corporate Farms and Big Government Subsides destroyed most independent farmers, it is easy to idealize small farmers. Thomas Jefferson said small farmers, with their independent mindset, were necessary to sustain a free Republic. The South of today is like the rest of the country, with little of the original independence of the Founding generations left.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

OK, my first instinct after reading your post was to call you certain names, and label you as lazy, but, i'm trying to be more circumspect in my comments and also offer rational solutions.

Everybody does not have to be a farmer. I found that out firsthand, by gardening. Read some books (you're city people, after all, so I'm assuming reading is within your scope) on gardening, start small.

Read "The Contrary Farmer's Introduction to Gardening" by Gene Logdson. I just learned that he died last year, but his writing is inspriational and very practical.

It's amazing what one can do with a small plot, say 30x30, and even that may be large by some standards.

Alternatively, learn a useful skill that you can market to people in your area. Even being a farmhand or craftman's helper will provide income and education.

Most important, do not give in to the urge to conform and become another debt slave. That's the death knell. Find your backbone. 

38BWD22's picture

Our condo balcony faces north. Food production would be minimal at best. And we’re in our 60s.

Excellent comment on acquiring a useful skill. Working on that.

cheka's picture

this is fraud - if fs army wants max benefits, they are coached to claim homeless.  see it at our local skoolz all the time:


"But the truth is that women and children make up a significant percentage of the homeless.

In fact, the number of homeless children in our country has increased by about 60 percent since the end of the last recession"

Chuck Walla's picture

¡Si, se Puede!  Speaking Spanish would be helpful to the servers.

Nexus789's picture

The joys of a rent-seeking economy. 

Cynicles II's picture

but, but, best economy ever

-ignore the 93+ million working age people in the US w/o jobs.

Son of Loki's picture

8 years of Obabanomics has consequences.

He "fundamentally changed America!"

"Yes we can!"

nmewn's picture

So, they've rediscovered the homeless now that Obama's out of office.

How completely...unexpected ;-)

38BWD22's picture



I'm shocked!  What a surprise!  Who knew?



TBT or not TBT's picture

It turns out we are sending our kids off to ki!l and did overseas too. 

ParticularlyStupidHumanoid's picture

zerghedge attends the same type of church as Roman Polanski. "It's a big club, and you ain't in it."

Nexus789's picture

The exceptional and indispensable nation run for the benefit of the deluded 1%

HRClinton's picture

Has anyone here had the following realization:

1. These millions of homeless people are part of the population that has forever lost their jobs due to endless Offshoring + Automation + illegal immigration? 

2. That this Offshoring + Automation + Illegal Immigration allowed company executives to pocket huge bonuses for themselves? 

3. That the social cost of these people has been shifted to the general population? 

Isn't CRONY CAPITALISM (masquerading as Healthy Capitalism) grand?

How long before we reach a societal tipping point, where a critical mass of people rise up and shout in unison "NO MORE!  NO MORE!"? How long before some trigger event launches the American War of Independence 2.0?

Nexus789's picture

The tipping point will be economic and social collapse with no way back.

cynicalskeptic's picture

Whatever the tipping point, it all won't matter.  Look at how non-violent OCCUPY was treated - like some conspiratorial mass threat to the US... a disorganized movement saying 'something is very wrong' was CRUSHED by government.

Riots over food and more will be treated far more harshly.  Look at how much police have been militarized and how the police mindset has been changed to view the population as a whole as 'Threats' instead of those they are supposed to be protecting.

Government KNOWS the shit is going to hit the fan.  They are lying about unemployment (it's at 24% as bad as the Great Depression, with more and more jobs being eliminated.... inflation is double digit in most large cities.... food production is being affected by changes worldwide).  Government cares only about protecting themselves and views the rest of us as a threat - especially when we're unemployed and hungry.

pynky01's picture

Kalifornia, Oregon, of the free...FREE STUFF that is and home of the mentalS, ILLEGALS and unskilled low IQ FREE RIDERs... build it and they will come... just more looking for the promised land ... you know free phones, section 8, all the entitlements :  all the DREGS  from Mexico are here and they are getting tired of waiting  ... hurry pay your taxes they are suffering from angst dont want to make the brown keeds angry.

ElTerco's picture

That's funny, because California was the number one state in the country in terms of collected federal tax revenue. Texas was a distant second. Last time I checked, people sitting on their asses collecting free shit consume revenue rather than contributing the most.

Normalcy Bias's picture

It was so damned predictable that the MSM would stop ignoring this issue as they did during the entirety of the Obama Administration, and start covering it again after Trump took office.

White Devil's picture

Last Wednesday I gave a cute homeless chick a hamburger and french fries for a sloppy blowjob. It was a happy meal for both of us!

shovelhead's picture

Did she show you pics of her grandchildren?

38BWD22's picture



That would cost a dollar more.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I think you fell asleep naked on your couch and your drooling bull dog did his best to clean off your purulent discharge.

There are no cute homeless chicks.


Pure Evil's picture

That's not fair using big words like purulent. LOL>)

serotonindumptruck's picture

How about pustulent putrescence of putriscene and cadaverine?

Sounds kinda stinky.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

If the homeless chick smelled like those chemicals it would be another level of illegal.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Miffed would likely recommend a fume hood when working with those types of amines, or perhaps suggest a solid future in necrophilia.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

We have a rule now the microbiology dept is only allowed to dump the waste from the STD analyzers on Sundays during minimum staffing. The last time we did it during the week the stench flooded the lab and numerous people fled the building retching. This panicked the businesses across the street who freaked out seeing so many white lab coated people outside in such a state they called HazMat. Boy was that a shitshow.

I can't describe the smell. Kind of a combo of diseased vaginal and penile secretions, sulfur based reagents and urine fermented in the container for about a week. It's terribly rank and the only thing that makes it possible for me dump it is putting Thieves Oil on my nose. I love my job.


serotonindumptruck's picture


Back when I was doing the HazMat detail, we would refer to that scene as a "biological exclusion zone", and it would require Level A fully-encapsulated suits.

Sorta like when my 93 year old aunt can't make it to the toilet in time, and the bowel movement stretches for about thirty feet, from her bed all the way through the living room and into the bathroom.

Same principle, although I suspect your scenario probably looked like something from one of the Resident Evil films.

A Sentinel's picture

You don’t get comments like that just anywhere.

Endgame Napoleon's picture


This is proof that men are the main posters in this section. Sexist or not, men are the only ones who would discuss this type of thing in detail. Well, maybe, nurses would do it.

These professions deserve to be highly paid.