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HOMELESS AWARENESS PROJECT
The face of homelessness has changed. Families make up nearly 40% of all who are homeless.* Are you prepared to handle the need of your community?
We are Voice4Nations seeking to change your perspective in an attempt to raise awareness that the homeless situation is closer than you may think. By utilizing the available resources, we can prepare ourselves to address the need in our local communities.
DID YOU KNOW?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines someone as "homeless" if he or she:
- resides in an emergency shelter or in transitional/supportive housing for homeless persons; or
- resides in a place not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, abandoned buildings, encampments, and dilapidated buildings.
The U.S. Department of Education uses an expanded definition that also includes people who are:
- doubled up with family or friends due to economic condition
- living in motels and hotels for lack of other suitable housing
- migrant workers living in housing not fit for habitation
Eye Opening Facts
According to Family Promise:
- 68% of the cities reporting in the 2010 Mayor's Report had to turn away homeless families with children becuase of a lack of available shelter beds
- Among families who are homeless with children, the majority citied loss of job as a cause, followed by the lack of affordable housing, poverty, low-paying jobs, and domestic violence
- 42% of homeless children are under the age of 6
- A child is born into poverty every 33 seconds
- More than 15% of Americans live in poverty, including one in five children, the highest rate in the industrialized world
To sum it up, the National Alliance to End Homelessness states:
- There are 633,782 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States
- Of that number, 239,403 are familes and 394,379 are individuals
According to Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), homelessness can often be prevented if individuals are able to reconnect with family or other social support systems. For more information, please visit Georgia Alliance To End Homelessness, Inc. Voice4Nations welcomes you to download the suggested Living Water to Share Homeless Guide to follow when faced with an individual in need. This guide is specific for the Atlanta area, but we encourage you to use this guide as a strategic model for your specific city. Download Guide (PDF) Download the complete "Empowerment Resource Manual", a comprehensive handbook for serving the homeless in the Atlanta area. Download Manual (PDF Format - Not Editable) Download Manual (RTF Format - Editable in Word) *Sources: Family Promise, National Alliance to End Homelessness