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ARE THE HOMELESS INCLUDED IN THE CURRENT U.S. CENSUS COUNT?

June 22, 2010

While working on a longer article, the thoughts below cruised across my mind.  Let me know what you think about the topic.

ARE THE HOMELESS INCLUDED IN THE CURRENT U.S. CENSUS COUNT?

The way the U.S. Census currently works you must have a physical address to be included in the count.  In my mind this excludes a large number of people who should be included.  To not include the homeless in the count is a form of discrimination.  So what if your address is Battery Park, where you sleep in Tent City with a constant State of anxiety?  People living on Park Avenue in New York City share that same constant State of anxiety.

News headlines note the unemployment figures as they rise or go down.  Well, how about some headlines about the percentage of homeless people in this country?  Let’s not ignore them. They should be a part of the census, too. Don’t leave them out.  Go survey the people living in the subways, tents and tunnels, on the beaches and river banks, under overpasses and in their cars on the roadside.  Let’s include every body to give us a truly accurate count of how many people currently live in the United States of America.