Conference of Mayors
Food pantries and emergency kitchens had to cut back on the amount of
food given out as groceries or meals in 47 percent of cities involved in
the survey. Additionally, in far more than half of cities surveyed, 57
percent, families and individuals had to cut down on the number of
visits to charitable food outlets they could make each month. The same
percentage of cities were unable to meet food requests by homeless and
hungry residents demand because they lacked sufficient resources.
● Lack of affordable housing, an issue that continues to worsen in many
places around the country, was the primary reason given for homelessness
among families with children. Poverty, unemployment and low-paying jobs
were the reasons that followed.
● In 50 percent of cities surveyed, mayors indicated they expected
homelessness to rise “moderately” next year. Similarly, 65 percent of
cities say they expect emergency food requests to “moderately” increase
over the coming 12 months.