miraculous free market efficiencies: there are 5x as many vacant homes as there are homeless people...according to Amnesty International USA. http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/more_vacant_homes_than_homeless_in_us_20111231 n the last few days, the U.S. government census figures have revealed that 1 in 2 Americans have fallen into poverty or are struggling to live on low incomes. this supports my quote that 50% of america is in or near poverty. approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless, many of them veterans. It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.