How To Help The Homeless?
Could you sleep outside, in temperatures below freezing?
Being through 10 foster cares at the age of 8, he ran away--but later returned to New York. At the age of 18 years-old he is in the Covenant House, a support family.
She is a 69-year-old sleeping outside in San Jose, one of the most wealthiest neighborhoods in America. After the death of her husband, she could not afford rent and was kicked out. She has been living on the streets for 25 years.
Annie and Matto
Mother and son came south to find work, but have been living in homeless shelter for a year. They are on a housing list, but that takes time.
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?
- 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?
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