As the recession gripped America, thousands more people in rural and suburban areas turned to homeless shelters for help.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110614/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_homelessness_in_america
The number of people using shelters or transitional housing in suburban and rural areas increased 57 percent from 2007 to 2010, with more than 500,000 people from smaller communities seeking help in 2010, according to a report by the Housing and Urban Development Department. During the same time there was a decrease in the use of shelters in urban areas.
What's worse is that "about 40 percent of those who served in the armed forces come from rural areas and homelessness among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans could be a contributing factor".
There's no acceptable excuse for this from an administration elected in large part to address the foreclosure and housing market crises.