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Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1 shows a lot of promise for an interesting revival of the character, but it is certainly a troubled read. There's a lot to like in the content but a few notable issues in the storytelling.
First and foremost is the amount of extraneous details and the longwinded nature of their expositive delivery. A lot of time is spent on Chris Powell's police job which only seems to set up for a slight status quo change in the latter part of the comic. It's text-heavy material too, and it slows the more interesting plot about the return of the original Talons and Chris coming to grips with his new Darkhawk loadout.
I hadn't realized how convoluted the inner workings of Darkhawk were, as Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning never dove into it whenever they used the character in their Annihilation stories. Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1 did nothing to streamline this, only adding a new and bizarre feature to the transformation between Chris and his alter ego. It has potential to be an interesting new struggle for Chris Powell, but it remains to be seen.
Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1 is flawed but promising. Chris Powell is a character that should never have been left by the wayside, and the complex conflicts he faces in this book could lead to some interesting places if the narrative can tighten, quicken, and trim the fat. Gang Hyuk Lim's artwork looks quite good and adds a youthful air to the book. All things considered, this one still earns a recommendation.
This is just as David's run on the Hulk was really hitting its stride, and though the last issue, #377, set a new status quo for the Hulk, this issue is in some ways a filler, as Rick Jones tells some hospitalized kids a story about how teasing can lead to trouble.
"I am determined that our future will be a bright one," May said. "It's a future in which we trade freely with friends and partners across Europe and beyond. Having regained control of our laws, our borders and our money, and seized the opportunities provided by Brexit, the UK will thrive as a strong and united country that works for everyone, no matter whether you voted Leave or Remain."
Given that reactions remain starkly opposite -- between those excited about Britain regaining freedom in decision-making and those disillusioned by the parting from a union that has raised Britain's international stature -- May, who became PM after a snap election following the referendum, still has a long way to go to bridge the rift.
"What they have done is to kick the can down the road, but at some stage they have to go down that road and find a solution. Things cannot be fudged for ever," Begg said about May and her ministers' talks with the EU.
As regards the whole process of Brexit negotiations, the sequence set by the EU resembles a marital breakdown: first comes the divorce, which involves citizens' rights, money transactions and the Irish border, and then the new relationship, which touches on aspects such as foreign policy, financial sector and judicial cooperation.
In January 2020 , there were 580,466 people experiencing homelessness on our streets and in shelters in America.i Most were individuals (70 percent), and the rest were people in families with children. They lived in every state and territory, and they include people from every gender, racial, and ethnic group. However, some groups are far more likely than others to become homeless.
For example, decision-makers are often concerned about children and young people due to their developmental needs and the potential life-long consequences of hardships in early in life. People in families with children make up 30 percent of the homeless population. Unaccompanied youth (under age 25) account for six percent of the larger group.
Risk is significantly tied to gender, race, and ethnicity.ii Males are far more likely to experience homelessness than their female counterparts. Out of every 10,000 males, 22 are homeless. For women and girls, that number is 13. Gender disparities are even more evident when the focus is solely on individual adults (the most significant subgroup within homelessness). The overwhelming majority (70 percent) are men.
Numerically, white people are the largest racial group within homelessness, accounting for more than a quarter-million people. However, historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups are often far more likely to experience homelessness. The reasons for the disparities are many and varied but tend to fall under the umbrellas of racism and caste. Throughout American history, private actors have contributed to the status quo, but so has government via actions and inactions resulting in limited housing opportunities, suppressed wages, and other unhelpful outcomes.
Note on COVID-19 Impacts (*Updated for 2022). The most recently available nation-wide unsheltered data are from the 2020 Point-in-Time Count. Pandemic-related health concerns disrupted counts of unsheltered people in 2021. While some CoCs made such data available for that year, the nationwide count will not be fully updated until late 2022 or early 2023, leaving a significant hole in available knowledge on homelessness.
Uneven Progress. While overall progress on ending homelessness has been modest, there is significant variation among subgroups. Some have experienced striking reductions in their counts.
Veterans are a good example. Currently, 83 communities and 3 states have announced that they ended veteran homelessness (meaning that systems can ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and one-time). Nationally, veteran homelessness decreased 47 percent since the point at which it peaked in 2009.
Multiple causes could explain why these populations have experienced periods of greater reductions than the overall homeless population. Some subpopulations have benefitted from greater attention and/or resources after being prioritized by national-, state-, and local-level stakeholders. However, factors external to homeless services systems also contribute to outcomes. Regardless, these subgroups provide proof that significant reductions in homelessness are possible and have occurred.
Sheltered Homelessness on the Decline (*New for 2022). While unsheltered homelessness was on the rise during the period leading up to the pandemic, fewer and fewer people were staying in shelters. The downward trend in shelter usage continued into 2021.
Counts. Examining the jurisdictions with the largest homeless populations is informative. Many also have the highest populations, overall. For example, California is the most populous state in the union and also has the largest number of people experiencing homelessness. Similarly, the Continuums of Care (CoC) with the largest homeless populations include highly populous major cities (e.g., New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle) and Balance of State CoCs encompassing numerous towns and cities.
Fifty-seven percent of people experiencing homelessness in 2020 were in five states (California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Washington ). Half were in the top twenty-five CoCs identified in the State & CoC Ranking 2020 chart. Thus, a significant share of this national challenge is in a small number of places with large homeless counts. Meanwhile, most communities have relatively small homeless populations to serve. This should impact how the problem is addressed.
Rates. Homeless counts are just one approach to understanding the nature of homelessness. Putting them into context adds nuance to the story. For example, suppose that 100,000 people were to experience homelessness in California (a state with more than 39 million people). Those would be far less challenging circumstances than 100,000 people being homeless in Wyoming (a state with roughly 575,000 people). Thus, it is helpful to consider the homeless population in relation to the general population.
Rates of homelessness vary widely across the country. For example, in 2020, the northeast Oklahoma CoC had the lowest rate in the country, reporting one person experiencing homelessness out of every 10,000 people. Meanwhile, the Humboldt County CoC in California had the highest rate of 126 people being homeless out of every 10,000.
Other jurisdictions with high rates of homelessness have high rates of poverty. For example, CoCs like Humboldt and Imperial City in California are listed above among the ten CoCs with the highest rates of homelessness in the country. They also have high poverty rates, exceeding 20 percent of their overall populations. Such jurisdictions have relatively low housing costs but have many people experiencing economic hardships, some resulting in homelessness.
The dashboard at the top of this page and the above rankings chart are helpful in making in-depth comparisons among states and CoCs. This allows jurisdictions to evaluate the severity of their challenges.
Temporary Housing. Following two years of decreases, there was an uptick of nearly 7,000 temporary shelter beds between 2019 and 2021 . Currently, the overall number of temporary beds is 8 percent lower than the all-time high count which occurred in 2011.
Permanent Housing. CoCs have had recent years in which temporary housing offerings were on the decline while investments in permanent housing beds (Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, and Other) have been consistently increasing. Over just the last five years, these types of beds grew by 25 percent . Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have contributed to this trend.
National-level data, which has been discouraging, can mask even more dire challenges in specific areas of the country. For example, since 2007, severe-housing-cost burdened households grew by 45 percent in Wyoming and 34 percent in Connecticut (numbers that are even higher than national-level population growth). Similarly, over that same time period, the number of people doubled up expanded by 136 percent in Nevada and 98 percent in Hawaii. 781b155fdc