The New York Times reports on Wednesday.
“Without a stable home address, they are an elusive group that mostly couch surfs or sleeps hidden away in cars or other private places, hoping to avoid the lasting stigma of public homelessness during what they hope will be a temporary predicament,” the report says.
It describes these young, underemployed adults as “the new face of a national homeless population, one that poverty experts and case workers say is growing,” emphasizing that the problem remains “mostly invisible.”
The report further reiterates that most cities and states have not made serious efforts to identify young adults, “who tend to shy away from ordinary shelters out of fear of being victimized by an older, chronically homeless population.”
The daily also cites executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Barbara Poppe, as saying that the jobless rate and the number of young adults that are unable to afford college tuitions “point to the fact there is a dramatic increase in homelessness” in that age group.
Those who provide services to the poor in many cities, the report adds, underline that the economic recovery has not relieved the persisting dilemma.
“Years ago, you didn’t see what looked like people of college age sitting and waiting to talk to a crisis worker because they are homeless on the street,” said Andrae Bailey, the executive director of the Community Food and Outreach Center, one of the largest charitable organizations in Florida. “Now that’s a normal thing.”
US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Barnanke, as well as other economists have been insisting in recent months that if the nation’s unemployment problem is not effectively dealt with, the country is certain to experience yet another economic depression in coming years.
Tens of thousands of young, college-educated underemployed and jobless individuals in the US have become homeless in wake of the nation’s recession, which has left 18- to 24-year-old workers with the highest jobless rate among adults.
Throughout the US, tens of thousands of such young adults, “many with college credits or work histories,” continue to struggle to find a place to live following the recession that has left the college-age youngsters with the highest unemployment rate of all adults,