Yes sir, today is World Homeless Day. From today's New York Times:
Started in 2010, the day seeks to bring attention to homelessness, a problem that affects tens of millions of people worldwide, according to the United Nations.
In the U.S., more than a half-million people live on the streets or in shelters for temporary stays.
But national statistics show that homelessness is declining. And Salt Lake City has been held up as a model.
The city’s approach is simple: Before tackling the problems that led someone to become homeless, those in need first receive a place to live. The program is credited with reducing the number of chronically homeless people across the state by 91 percent since 2005.
Lloyd Pendleton, who leads Utah’s homeless task force, initially doubted the plan. “I get probably two to five calls a week now,” he said in an interview last year, “wanting to know how we did it.”