The top news stories in poverty for the week. Let us know in the comments if you think we missed something worth sharing.
1. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is out with a new report that shows there are 633,782 homeless people in the United States, essentially unchanged from last year. The number of homeless people in families did, however, rise to 239,403 (1.4% increase), which is an estimated additional 3,251 homeless children. Homelessness was done among veterans (7.2% decrease) and the chronically homeless (6.8%) in part thanks to policies targeting those populations. Of those who were homeless, 38.4% did not have any form of housing that was “meant for human habitation.”
2. The New America Foundation is also out with a new report, this one on college education. In recent years, colleges have shifted increasingly to marketing towards the rich and attempting to draw wealthy students through both merit aid and increasingly expensive and luxurious housing and student life.
3. In the wake of the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed over 800, retailers are becoming more open about their supply chains. The New York Times reports, “…a group of major retailers and apparel companies, including some — like Nike and Walmart — with a history of controversial manufacturing practices overseas, says it is developing an index that will include labor, social and environmental measures.
“New research indicates a growing consumer demand for information about how and where goods are produced. A study last year by professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard showed that some consumers — even those who were focused on discount prices — were not only willing to pay more, but actually did pay more, for clothes that carried signs about fair-labor practices.”