We all know things are bad here in the States, but we may not know how bad. Here is a U-Tube video showing one of the many "Shanty Towns" popping up in Southern California. Folks, this is "Grapes of Wrath" stuff, only there are no grapes.
Of course the problem is not limited to California. More info: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/us/26tents.html
Maybe an opportunity for somebody with extra time on their hands to do some Lange-ian style documentation...