Special – 1986 – Actor Robert Guillaume At Comic Relief Gives Thoughts About Helping The Homeless


Homelessness is the condition of people lacking “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” as defined by The McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act….who according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report….and as of 2017 there were around 554,000 homeless people in the United States….whis is 0.17% of the population.  Homelessness emerged as a national issue in the 1870’s….when many homeless people lived in emerging urban cities, such as New York City….moving int the 20th century….then the Great Depression of the 1930’s caused a devastating epidemic of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. There were two million homeless people migrating across the United States. In the 1960’s, the de-institutionalization of patients from state psychiatric hospitals, according to the physician’s medical libraries on use of pharmaceuticals, was a precipitating factor which seeded the population of people that are homeless.  The number of homeless people grew in the 1980’s, as housing and social service cuts increased. After many years of advocacy and numerous revisions, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act in 1987….and this remains the only piece of federal legislation that allocates funding to the direct service of homeless people. Over the past decades, the availability and quality of data on homelessness has improved considerably. About 1.56 million people, or about 0.5% of the U.S. population, used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009.   

Any way you cut the pie….the vast number of homeless people have continued to grow in numbers in the United States of America……so, more proof of this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s opinion the premise that “the only constant is change” is definitely not true ….as evidenced by this video herewith….that some things never change….or else humans are not very good at affecting the problem of homelessness in the USA.  Plus another thing that comes to mind watching this video is how the celebrities of the day back then….really did care about “those less fortunate”…you can hear it in Robert Guilaume’s voice…..which is quite different from the “two-faced artistry” of today’s celebs.

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