Fighting Homelessness

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The month of September was a great month for collecting can goods for the homeless in Cape County area. This month we were able to collect food that we can give to the homeless and those in need.

This year in America, more that 2.5 million people will go without food. We can make a difference in our area.

10 Facts about Homelessness
  1. Over half a million people are homeless
  2. One quarter of homeless people are children.
    • The National Center for Homeless Education Reported in September 2014 that local school districts reported there are over 1 million homeless children in public schools.
  3. Tens of thousands of veterans are homeless.
    • 60% are in shelters, the rest are homeless. Nearly 5,000 are female.
  4. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women.
    • More than 90% of homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse.
  5. There are fewer places for poor people to rent that before.
    • The lack of affordable housing is a primary cause of homelessness, according the NLCHP. The HUD program has seen its budget slashed by over 50%.
  6. Many people are homeless because they cannot afford to pay rent.
  7. In the last few years many millions have lost their homes.
  8. The government doesn’t help as much as you’d think.
    • There is enough public rental assistance to help about 1 out of every 4 extremely low-income households. Those who do not receive help are on multi-year waiting lists.
  9. 1 out of 5 homeless people suffer from untreated severe mental illness.
    • While about 6% of the general population suffers from severe mental illness, 20% to 25% of the homeless suffer from severe mental illness, according to government studies. Half of this population self-medicate and are at further risk for addiction and poor physical health.
  10. Most cities are increasingly making homeless a crime.
    • A 2014 survey of 187 cities by the NLCHP found that 24% of cities make it a city-wide crime to beg in public, 33% make it illegal to stand around or loiter anyplace in the city, 18% make it a crime to sleep anywhere in public, 43% make it illegal to sleep in your car, and 53% make it illegal to sit or lie down in particular public places.
So what can we do? Thanks to some local business we can all work together to help. A Child’s Journey Learning Academy & Montgomery Bank in Cape Girardeau collected can goods. With everyone’s help we’ve collected 174 cans of soup & several other food items! Let’s continue to work together in our communities and help with homeless. We can do it one person at a time but we need everyone’s help. Together, we can end homelessness. We are grateful for your assistance in fighting homelessness!

Quigley, B. (2014, October 13). 10 Facts About Homelessness. Retrieved October 25, 2017, from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-quigley/ten-facts-about-homelessn_b_5977946.html