How Hidden Is Homelessness In Philadelphia?

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In Philadelphia a wage of $21.52 per hour ($44,760 annually) is needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment.  Seventy percent of Philadelphians making low-incomes cannot meet their housing expenses.

Fifty percent of cities across the nation expect the number of homeless families to increase.  In large part, this increase is due to the continued prevalence of low-paying jobs, unemployment and poverty (26.2% of Philadelphians).

There are different types of homelessness: chronic homelessness, homeless veterans, youth homelessness, single male/female homelessness and family homelessness.

Marie Nahikian the Director of Supportive Housing for the City of Philadelphia says Chronic homelessness are the folks that live on the streets for long periods of time.

She says the rate of homeless veterans are decreasing in Philadelphia.

About 20 percent of single male/female homelessness are part of the working class -- they're just working poor.  She says like family homelessness it too is invisible in many ways.

PHL17's Zachery Lashway takes a closer look at the epidemic throughout the greater Philadelphia area.


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