Every year anonymous local groups organize to help feed, clothe and provide enough basic necessities to ensure those that are less fortunate survive the winter.
You can make a difference , this is also a great way to teach children the value of caring for others with no hope of being repaid.
Here are the statistics as of 2016:
564,708 people in the U.S. are homeless. According to a recent report, over half a million people were living on the streets, in cars, in homeless shelters, or in subsidized transitional housing during a one-night national survey last January. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families, 358,422 were individuals, and a quarter of the entire group were children.
83,170 individuals, or 15% of the homeless population, are considered “chronically homeless.” Chronic homelessness is defined as an individual who has a disability and has experienced homelessness for a year or longer, or and individual who has a disability and has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years (must be a cumulative of 12 months). Families with at least one adult member who meets that description are also considered chronically homeless.As the National Alliance to End Homelessness explains, “While people experiencing chronic homelessness make up a small number of the overall homeless population, they are among the most vulnerable. They tend to have high rates of behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance use disorders; conditions that may be exacerbated by physical illness, injury, or trauma.”
47,725, or about 8% of the homeless population, are veterans. This represents a 35% decrease since 2009. Homeless veterans have served in several different conflicts from WWII to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of veteran homelessness in the nation (145.8 homeless veterans per 10,000). 45% of homeless veterans are black or Hispanic. While less than 10% of homeless veterans are women, that number is rising.
Fifty percent of the homeless population is over the age of 50. These individuals often face additional health and safety risks associated with age. They are more prone to injuries from falls, and may suffer from cognitive impairment, vision or hearing loss, major depression, and chronic conditions like diabetes and arthritis.
Together we can do something about this and every year we try. Together we can make a difference and save lives. Set up social media events, network with your local shelters and organizations and set up donations collection’s and drop off points. Items to include:
Pop top canned goods.
Other non perishable food items.
Long sleeve shirts
Anything needed for a person exposed to the elements to survive. We can make a difference. You can make a difference. Together we can help save lives.
The homeless are humanity. They are not forgotten as we do not forget.
Operation safe winter engaged.
We Are Anonymous
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget