The Youngstown Vindicator has released the 2010 census numbers for the city of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The size of the population decrease has caught city officials by surprise with Mayor Jay Williams remarking that “It would almost cause me to question the actual count.”
What has been interesting is how this seems to impact the homeless population. The Rescue Mission has experienced no decrease in the number of homeless people needing shelter. In fact, a modest increase has been observed.
I think that the take-away in this is that homelessness pays little regard to demographic trends and population numbers. Perhaps Jesus was right when he said, “the poor will be with you always.”