Demand for 'survival services' rises in US cities

Fri Mar 9, 2012 2:20pm EST

A woman looks at canned food items at the Food Bank For New York City Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem in New York December 21, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman looks at canned food items at the Food Bank For New York City Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem in New York December 21, 2010.

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(Reuters) - Many cities across the United States are still scrambling to help their residents overcome the economic recession that officially ended more than two years ago, according to a survey released on Friday by the National League of Cities.

The league, which represents hundreds of civic officials, found that demand for "survival services," such as food banks and housing shelters, had increased in 31 percent of cities over the last six months. It had fallen in only 8 percent of cities over that time.

Meanwhile, residential property values have declined in more than a third of cities, and commercial property values have dropped in 30 percent.

Still, more than half of those surveyed said employment and the retail sector had improved.

"Our latest numbers point to improving local economic conditions," said Christopher Hoene, director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities.

"It's clear that cities and city residents will still be confronting the impacts of this past recession for a while longer," Hoene said in a statement.

(Reporting By Lisa Lambert; Editing by Jan Paschal)

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Comments (3)
ConradU812 wrote:
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! The economy is doing better, remember? Unemployment is down, job creation is up, and gas prices are unimportant!

This is wrong! You lie, Reuters!

Mar 09, 2012 3:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DDM1 wrote:
Everybody looking for a handout. Meanwhile school kids are tossing their free breakfasts/lunches in the trash and pulling out dollars to spend at the junk-food (pizza slices, etc) cash windows in our schools. Sad to see so many apples tossed, by the way.

Mar 09, 2012 7:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BurnerJack wrote:
At what point will Government and by extension, the MSM admit that Herd Management just doesn’t work anymore? Ignore the vacant houses, the borded up businesses, the bloated unemployment roles, both official and REAL ones. Ignore your dwindling savings. Don’t notice the disembowelling of the value of the US Dollar and the COMPLETELY brushed under the carpet inflation that goes with it. Yep, folks, everything’s fine. Move along, nothing to see here…

Mar 09, 2012 8:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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