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If you take the number of homes that are being foreclosed every day across America and multiply by an arbitrary conservative average — let’s say (3) three, then that is about how many people each day are being uprooted from the place they’ve called home each day. That is a conservative estimation because we know many of these houses had families with (2) adults and (3) three or (4) children. But some were bought by investors and some by couples without children. It is a good place to start.
Now take that number and multiply (x) by (7) or by (31) or by (92) for a week’s worth, a month’s worth or a three month’s worth of impacts to number of families. That is very misleading in a way, because this has been going on for about five years in reality – that foreclosures have been hovering in the stratosphere. The impacts across the board have been not absorbed by the social systems in our country but rather have been undermining and corroding the integrity of our country’s internal foundations for quite a while. The current numbers are part of a much bigger picture that extends backwards from here.
That is, number of foreclosed homes x (times) 3 people (average, conservative estimate.)
40,000 foreclosed homes a day across America times (3) three is around 120,000 people a day that are being uprooted each and every day including children, disabled, elderly, breadwinners, spouses that are breadwinners and other dependents. The children rarely continue in the same school, with the same friends or in the same community with the church they’ve called home, the scout troops where they belong or anything else.
Okay, how many children won’t sleep in their own bed, safe in their own bedroom tonite and won’t ever get to go back home? Fact = Too, too many to imagine the harm done.
How many Mamas and Daddys won’t be standing at the same kitchen window today in the home they worked hard to provide? Too many to imagine what their minds and spirits are making of it. This too is a fact.
How many of these are without jobs to support themselves now? What can they do now to provide for themselves and their family when hope clashes with reality and there are too few jobs to serve our population?
Written by Cricket Diane C Phillips, 2008