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16th March
2012
written by Catherine An

Likely, the news you heard about homelessness this week has to do with an advertising agency hiring homeless people to serve as “hotspots” at the SXSW conference in Austin, TX.

There’s been a media firestorm over the issue: the Washington Post, the TakePart blog, NPR, and a host of other news outlets have covered the incident.

It’s the Atlantic that makes the case that we might have made as well – one good outcome of this situation is that it brings attention to the very real and disturbing problem of homelessness in the country. From the Atlantic: “An estimated 600,000 Americans are currently homeless, including nearly 70,000 veterans, according to the recently released The State of Homelessness in America from the National Alliance to End Homelessness. That’s a small drop-off from 2009, but U.S. rates are alarmingly high: 21 homeless per 10,000 people across the country.”

BBH, the advertising firm that came up with the “homeless hotspots” concept wrote their own defense on their blog yesterday.

In other news:

-          The Associated Press wrote about a report that raises concerns for homeless female veterans and their families;

-          Reuters covered homeless single mothers and their struggles to provide for their families;  and

-           The Detroit Free Press wrote about a White House Conference in their city covering LGBT homelessness and youth homelessness.

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