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Michael Omidi Discusses "Additional Adults" and How To Help Them

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Through No More Poverty my brother Julian Omidi and I have been able to highlight not just charities that help the impoverished; we have also been able to spotlight issues that the poor are facing in the United States and across the globe.

I want to use this space to continue to alert you to some of the problems relating to poverty that people in America are currently facing; from issues of homelessness to hunger and beyond.

In an attempt to keep from slipping into poverty many American households have been taking on “additional adults.” This term refers to individuals that live with someone other than a domestic partner or spouse and are not considered the head of the household they reside in. Additional adults include those living in group houses, sharing a home with multiple roommates, and those utilizing the spare rooms of their parents to call home.

In 2007 the percentage of legal adults over the age of 18 that could be defined as “additional adults” was approximately 16%. According to the latest Census survey almost 18% of legal adults now fall under this category.

The good news about the increased numbers of this demographic is that many have avoided a higher poverty rate by living with someone else compared to living on their own. In addition, many of those that have taken in additional adults have been able to avoid higher poverty rates.

The study also found that the youngest adults – those aged 18 to 24 years old – made up the largest part of this group at 35.3% followed by those ranging in age from 25 to 34 at 30.5%. Unemployment rates have also plagued these particular age groups; approximately 13% of those aged 20 to 24 are unemployed compared to the overall jobless rate of the United States of 7.9%

The Omidi Brothers will be looking for charities to support that assist this particular demographic, and hope that you will share with us your knowledge of any organizations that work to help the young and unemployed.


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