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Urban Ministries: Homelessness will rise during economic crisis

Posted October 15, 2008

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— With winter approaching and the economic crisis worsening, Urban Ministries of Durham is gearing up for an unprecedented number of homeless.

“The current economic condition of our country is pushing many people into homelessness, and Durham will be no exception,” said Greg Rowland, Urban Ministries’ vice-chair. “We are committed to increasing our capacity to provide food, clothing, shelter and recovery to everyone who walks through our door.”

Urban Ministries saw a 26 percent increase in distribution of canned food items between January 2007 and 2008, Rowland said.

If you would like to help Urban Ministries, call 919-682-0538.

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  • PeaceOut2017 Oct 16, 2008

    ...and as soon as economic conditions get better they'll all be moving into McMansions

  • Right_N_Exact Oct 16, 2008

    People please.....some of you act like people choose to be homeless. A lot of working families are closer to homeless than we think. Oh i forgot in message board world everybody makes 500k a year therefore cant see the plight of the little folks.

  • bigDAWGeats Oct 16, 2008

    Dumb article...of course homelessness will go up during economic crisis, that is common sense...

  • embarassedstatefan Oct 16, 2008

    Thats fine.. but how about donating to the Durham Rescue Mission first... I didn't think so.

    meh2 - i agree. We need to get them their own house because they have a right to one. We need to take the wealth away from some and give it to others.

  • lizard Oct 16, 2008

    meh2 - i agree. We need to get them their own house because they have a right to one. We need to take the wealth away from some and give it to others.

  • Steve Crisp Oct 15, 2008

    And here is where relief organizations may possibly cause more problems than they solve.

    There is no question that local government, churches, non-profits, and individuals have a responsibility to take care of those who can not take care of themselves. And in providing assistance to those in need allows those down-on-their-luck folks to regain their bearings and recover. But...

    The fact that these organizations exist, especially in such a formal manner, takes away incentives for people to do what needs to be done to keep a roof over their heads, food in their bellies, and warm clothes on their backs.

    I'm beginning to think that the bar to access relief needs to be raised far higher than it is now. That will force people to take stock of their own lives, perhaps correcting things they are doing wrong that put them in a desparate position in the first place.

  • meh2 Oct 15, 2008

    Under Obama there will be no more homelessness. Houses will be shared by all.