Poverty Drives Homeless Rates? Not So Fast

Fill in the blank. When the economy collapses, the number of homeless Americans goes ___.

While you might expect the answer to be “up,” during the recession of 2007-2009 the number of homeless people in America dropped slightly.

Compare homelessness across states and you find another upside-down relationship. Rich states — not poor ones — have the largest homeless populations.

Read more