Hunger, Homelessness On Rise In Carolinas Cities

Major cities across the country are seeing increases in hunger and homelessness, including some of the largest cities in North and South Carolina.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Thursday released a survey of 29 cities that showed significant increases in requests for emergency food assistance and the number of people without a place to live.

In North Carolina, Asheville, Charlotte and Gastonia all reported increases in food distributed to the needy between 2010 and 2011. Charlotte and Gastonia also saw more people who were homelessness.

In South Carolina, Charleston saw an increase in the number of emergency food requests. Officials also reported a 33 percent rise in the number of homeless people, with more than 800 people living in a shelter or transitional housing at some point.


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  • by thanks on Dec 16, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    Thanks Obama!
  • by 44mag. on Dec 15, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    Homeless around Raleigh(No way)There sure to get locked up and fined...(If there lucky)...Most likely they will be charged with resisting arrest and killed...
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 15, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    From the look's of things Oblama won't be getting but 5 votes.his mooshell,barstool,lablond and do do man
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      by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:06 PM in reply to pete
      Do you really think Obama will allow any election to be held where he will loose. Prepare for Martial law and the start of the Obama dictatorship before the 2012 election.
  • by concerned/confused Location: gville on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    What ever happened to family? I know that if one of my family members was in need, I would not hestiate to open my door to help. People have gotten so selfish its not even funny anymore.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:33 PM in reply to concerned/confused
      You deserve a Merry Christmas. That is a wonderful gesture, and I know what you mean.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    But wait a minute another article just stated the number of employeed people was way up this month. And Barlow, Lavon, and Dataman were commenting how Obama had fixed everything and how great he was and his family was the greatest. This article cannot be correct.
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      by Fran on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:04 PM in reply to
      I was wondering about that also. If things are so great now that Obama has fixed everything, why are there so many more people in need. Something is not right with one of the stories being told.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    I know of no church that would turn away the hungry or homeless.
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      by here on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:56 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      You then my friend do not know enough churches!
    • reply
      by Terri on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:18 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      They do if you're gay
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        by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:19 PM in reply to Terri
        One of the beutiful things that churches do for the poor is help them. They may also help them understand that the Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin. God forgives those that repent of their sins and try not to committ the sin again.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM in reply to Terri
        Then you're hanging around the wrong churches
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        by The Other Cheek on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:25 PM in reply to Terri
        Would a Gay Bar turn away a Christian?
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    Wow!!! The Great Society and the Obamanation are really making things better for the subjects are't they??? We are fast becoming the world's largest 3rd World Nation.
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      by Republicans too!! on Dec 15, 2011 at 12:49 PM in reply to WOW
      Don't forget the other involved in bringing this country to ruin!! BOTH partys are to blame for selling their vote to the highest bidder!! BOTH partys are for sale!! Middle class has shrunk/stagnated x 30 yrs!! That under BOTH partys one time or the other!! Lobbyists/PACs run this country, if you believe otherwise, you're a fool!! We need campaign finance reform now!! Let's elect someone to represent constituent for a change!!! End special interests running DC!!!
  • by Survival Of The Fittest on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    Starvation is nature's population control. Animals are not smart enough to freeze/can their food, so they have to suffer through "dry spells" when the food supply is exausted. But humans are smarter. We would never over-populate an area to the point where we ran out of food. Only ignorant humans would do such a thing.
  • by fair on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    The one's getting this emergency food or other is the one's already on food stamps, this is not helping the one's that really need it. I know a family that is disable and can't get any help what they going to get for Christmas?
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