The Homeless: Below the Safety Net

Below the Safety Net

Every weekday nearly 25,000 hungry men and women walk into soup kitchens throughout New York City in search of a hot meal. Myths and stereotypes cling to the homeless, but few hard facts are known about who they are. This week a study by New York's Legal Action Center for the Homeless paints a more detailed picture of some 500 people who eat at soup kitchens.

Less than 10% are women. More than 80% are black or Hispanic. The majority cannot find a job or are too disabled to work. Nearly one-third sleep on the street. Some 40% average one meal...

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