‘Hidden’ Homeless Becoming An Epidemic In Collin County

McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – The bad economy is taking its toll in some unexpected places.

Collin County has seen a sharp increase in the number of people needing food stamps, and in the number of people who are now homeless.

Carole Mendelson with the Collin County Homeless Coalition has seen a 106 percent increase in the homeless population county-wide

KRLD’s Emily Trube Reports: [audio http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/nyc.podcast.play.it/media/d0/d0/d0/dZ/dC/d3/d5/ZC35_3.MP3]

Mendelson says that most of the people are what they call ‘hidden’ homeless – families who have lost their homes and are now living in motels.  She says there are also a large number of young people – teenagers – who have been passed around to relatives and now have no place to call home.


One Comment

  1. YRofTexas says:

    Collin County is the 13th richest county in the US, as I recall. Average family income was between 72 to 75k. With this wealth, Collin needs to address this crisis pronto, especially for the kids that are seemingly left behind.

    I am hopeful that we will have the resources to help these temporary “gypsies” some assist until they can get back on their feet. I do what I can by giving to local resale shops. I like the ones in Allen and Frisco.

  2. NiteNurse says:

    My father who grew up in the depression described family situations like this. His family lived in the country with more resources so teenaged cousins came to live with his family till times got better. He also described poor houses and soup kitchens. If this is a recession it sure looks and sounds like a depression. I think everyone that is fortunate to have a job this holiday season should spend less on expensive presents and give to homeless charities and food pantries.

  3. NiteNurse says:

    I also recall my father saying that it took a good 10 years for the economy to turn around after the stock market crashed. George W was such a good businessman that he tanked his own oil business. Wasn’t he in charge when the economy crashed in 2008? PRAISED BE TO YOUR SILVER SPOONED MESSIAH THAT PUT US ALL IN THE POOR HOUSE!!!

  4. waf_98 says:

    Nite Nurse, I don’t know if you’re smoking your silver, or something, but President Bush presided over an economy that had one of the lowest employment rates in history. But I’m just curious as to what you have to say about our current president, who has presided over the longest period of underemployment in history, and the social programs he championed which have increased our national debt to European proportion? I’m sure you’re a somewhat intelligent person — you just need to be seasoned with facts rather than besotted with the bitter ale of envy.

    1. NiteNurse says:

      Check your dates honey the economy started to collapse in the last few months of Bush’s term. GEEZ another GOP case of dementia.

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