Over half a million people in the United States are homeless; living on the streets, in cars, in shelters, on the couches or floors of friends or family, or in limited transitional housing. A quarter of these are children. Fifteen percent are “chronically homeless”; chronic homelessness is defined as “an individual who has a disability and has experienced homelessness for a year or longer, or … Continue reading Homelessness and the Holidays
On Thanksgiving St Bartholomew’s Church in New York City hosted an unusual dinner. Guests who paid $100 a head shared their holiday dinner with the homeless. This was an interesting experiment to say the least. About five hundred extremely diverse people eating dinner in a church. And apparently this was no slap dash meal prepared by the ladies guild. The meal was prepared by chefs … Continue reading Lions and Lambs?
Most people have forgotten the government sequester that ended in December 2013. However, across the board cuts in services that took place last spring have had effects that are still impacting the poor and homeless. Housing programs that were available to families with children, the elderly, and the disabled to prevent homelessness have suffered, leaving those populations struggling to find housing. The effects of … Continue reading Housing Budget Cuts and the Homeless