Homelessness Rate – England

  • Homelessness jumps by 14% in a year, By Simon Rogers, March 8, 2012, The Guardian: “The number of people officially classed as homeless in England has jumped by 14% – the biggest increase for nine years – as what charities have described as a ‘perfect storm’ of rising repossession rates and unemployment drives thousands more families into temporary accommodation. Across England, 48,510 households were accepted as homeless by local authorities in 2011, according to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government on Thursday. The data shows 69,460 children or expected children are in homeless households, with three-quarters of the households accepted containing children…”
  • Homeless households up by a fifth, figures show, By Hannah Richardson, March 8, 2012, BBC News: “The number of homeless households in England has risen by almost a fifth compared with the same period last year, official figures show. Some 12,830 families and individuals were newly classed as homeless between 1 October and 31 December 2011. Charity Shelter said the data was a shocking reminder of ‘the divide between the housing haves and have nots’. The government said the numbers were lower than 28 of the last 30 years. The official homelessness figures, which include those in temporary accommodation, show a rise for four quarters in a row. Of the 12,830 new homeless applicants, some 2,620 had dependent children. Meanwhile, the figures for 2011 as a whole showed nearly 50,000 families were newly classed as homeless during the year. This is a 14% rise on 2010…”

Income Inequality – Washington DC

Income inequality gap in D.C. one of nation’s widest, By Carol Morello, March 7, 2012, Washington Post: “The District has one of the highest levels of income inequality among the nation’s cities, with the top fifth earning on average 29 times the income of the bottom fifth. Only Atlanta and Boston showed higher levels of income inequality in 2010, according to an analysis of census data by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Driving the gap is the enormous gulf between a sliver of top earners and a mass of households with paltry incomes. According to the analysis, the top 5 percent of households in the District averaged $473,000 a year, far above the $292,000 averaged by their counterparts in other large cities…”

Health Insurance Coverage – Minnesota

Uninsured rate for young Minn. adults drops to 17%, By Jeremy Olson, March 6, 2012, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: “The number of young adults with health insurance rose sharply in Minnesota in 2011, but that is the one glimmer in an otherwise disappointing new review of the state’s coverage levels. Despite an improving economy, the rate of uninsured Minnesotans remained around 9 percent in 2009 and 2011 — up from 7 percent earlier in the decade, according to a biennial state Health Department survey. As unemployed Minnesotans found work, they accepted jobs without health coverage or found the plans too pricey, researchers concluded…”