Press Release

December 10, 1999

Tony Iallonardo

(202) 861-6772

U.S. Mayors to Release Annual Survey of Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities

WASHINGTON, DC -- A multi-city survey detailing the growth of hunger and homelessness in urban America will be released by The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Thursday, December 16, at 10:00 a.m. in the fourth floor conference room, 1620 Eye Street, NW.

A press conference to release this 15th annual survey will be led by:

  • Burlington Mayor Peter A. Clavelle,
  • Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci,
  • New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial,
  • HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, and
  • USDA Secretary Dan Glickman.

The survey describes demand for emergency food and shelter services, the capacity of the cities to respond, the causes of the problem, the characteristics of those seeking help, the unmet need for services, the funding sources for services, and the outlook for the year ahead. The demand for assisted housing and the capacity of cities to respond is also included. The survey report contains both aggregate data and estimates of individual city conditions.

The U. S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.