One third of the homeless lost their jobs before they became poverty statistics. In the past, job opportunities lift many people out of homelessness. Over one half million people in United States today are homeless. The state of California houses 130,000. In San Francisco, people defecate on the golden streets, while the rich tech industrialist grows wealthier.
There are thousands of lives destroyed by each technological development idea a tech geek dreams of every day. Technology is creating a population that cannot sustain themselves. Poverty does not walk alone, drug addiction and crimes follows closely.
The Genie is out of the bottle, and to stop technology in its tracks, we need changes of biblical proportions. The same tech geniuses making jobs disappear must focus on keeping the population fed and sheltered. As lost jobs accumulate and predictions of more losses quickly come to fruition, the amount of hungry people without shelter will increase. A few years from now, many states will have 500,000 homeless, not the entire nation.
Numbers from Feeding America
As of 2016, 40.6 million people (12.7%) live in poverty.
1 in 8 Americans struggles with hunger.
13.4 million children or approximately 18% of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.
Estimates of Homeless People By State, 2018
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