Homeless people who shelter in tents are being joined by other Americans who have lost their jobs. Cities like Reno, Nevada; Athens, Georgia; and Seattle are reporting the most noticeable rise in tent cities in a generation.
About 61 percent of local- and state-level homeless advocacy groups say they've seen a rise in homelessness since the 2007 foreclosure crisis. The problem gets worse as foreclosures mount, gas and food prices rise and the job market tightens.
Michael Stoops of the National Coalition for the Homeless said, "It's clear that poverty and homelessness have increased. The economy is in chaos, we're in an unofficial recession and Americans are worried, from the homeless to the middle class."