Yesterday in the grocery store a fellow shopper commented that she was surprised that there were so few shoppers on the Saturday before Easter. I replied that it was the end of the month, and she said she still did not understand it as Easter was the next day. I observed that this year many people are not going to have Easter dinner. And she agreed.
But there's likely a second factor here: the recession. The study was conducted in 2011 and 2012, a time when high unemployment and a volatile economy meant that market renters weren't so reliable. So landlords may have realized that a monthly payment from the federal government for voucher tenants wasn't such a bad deal.
The rate of homelessness in the District has risen 9.3 percent since the recession year of 2008, according to an annual point-in-time count, conducted in the city each January. As in many other communities across the country, the rise in family homelessness has overwhelmed the shelter system.
In January 2009 Obama, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Steny Hoyer, and Steve Israel were given a unprecedented opportunity to do something positive. And they threw it away. You really can't help people like this. Vote them out of office. Every last one of them.