How To Help The Homeless?

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Causes of Homelessness

Every situation is different, and every person is different, but these are the most common causes of homelessness.

  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Loss of job
  • Death in family
  • Severe Physical Disability
  • Family kicking them out or running away
  • Not being to afford rent, or building being foreclosed

Do you know anyone with these types of problems that they are facing? Could it lead to homelessness? What can you do to help?

What Can Be Done?

As a person of a community you can understand that it falls on the backs of fellow friends and colleagues to help improve their neighborhood and city. To help people in your surrounding areas you can:

  • Donate clothing
  • Give food to shelters or soup kitchens
  • Donate recyclables
  • Get involved with Habitat for Humanity
  • buy Street Sheet, the people who sell these get 5 cents for each one sold

What Has the United States Government Done?

The United States government has multiple different programs to assist the homeless. Follow the links below to bring you to some of the programs they offer.

These programs are offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Supportive Housing Programs: This program is designed to develop supportive housing and services that will allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible.

Shelter Plus Care Programs: This program provides rental assistance for homeless persons with disabilities.

The Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) Program is given out to state governments, metropolitan cities, urban counties, and U.S. territories, and they use these funds for Street Outreach, Emergency Shelters, Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing, and HMIS

These programs are offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This Department has multiple different grants that fall under three categories:

  • Targeted Homeless Assistance Programs
  • Programs for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY)
  • Non-targeted or Mainstream Programs