Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says homelessness is down. Yup, their statistics show that there is less homelessness now not more. What, you think that’s odd, given the slowing economy, that maybe HUD fudged their figures?
Well, you’d be correct. Except it’s more like an entire fudge factory than just one piece of fudge. HUD redefined what is meant to be homeless, thus removing many who had previously been counted.
HUD says they’re doing this to put on a happy face, because if the numbers were big, then people might get all frowny and despondent and not want to help. So, HUD is making the numbers smaller on purpose in hopes that this will motivate people to help. No, I am not making this up.
Of course, given the huge numbers of lies the Bush Adminstration has told over they years, do you suppose maybe that homelessness is actually way up and neocon HUD flacks are deliberately are falsifying the numbers?