Let's all be grateful for what we have and donate to those who have less than we do. I am posting a link to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and some very distressing statistics on homelessness.
For just $1, they can provide $8.47 worth of food to hungry families.
STATISTICS AND MYTHBUSTERS
The fastest growing group of homeless people is children under 9 years of age.
Atlanta is the poorest city in the U.S. for children - more children in Atlanta live in poverty than in any other city.
48% of all the children in Atlanta in poverty live in families with annual incomes of less than $15,000 a year.
98 million children in the U.S. have no health insurance. Eight million of those children without health insurance live in working families.
Did you know that 40% - 60% of homeless people work?
Minimum wage in Georgia is $5.85 per hour, which yields $12,168 per year, before taxes.
HUD says you should pay no more than 30% of your income for your housing. (30% of minimum wage yields $270/mo. for rent)
The average two-bedroom apartment in Atlanta rents for $834/mo. (which is 30% of an annual income of $33,360 or hourly rate of $16+ per hour). Thus, you need to earn $16+ per hour to afford that apartment, according to HUD.
46% of the jobs with the most growth between 1994 and 2005 pay less than $16,000 a year.
40% of homeless men are veterans.
The wealthiest nation on Earth has a wider gap between rich and poor than any other nation.
from the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless