OFF THE STREETS
OFF THE STREETS works to get members of the homeless community out of shelters and OFF THE STREETS by helping them move into housing. With the right support, these transitions can happen as quickly as one or two days. OFF THE STREETS provides homeless persons with:
- Moral and spiritual support and encouragement to help them believe they can escape the trap of homelessness
- Security deposits
- Furniture and household items
We are a 100% volunteer organization and have no paid staff. We take no government funding and have virtually no overhead costs. All money, furniture, and other living needs are donated.
As of December 2013, OFF THE STREETS has assisted 471 people and moved 297 people into housing.
10 Facts About Homelessness
- Five states accounted for nearly half of the nation’s homeless population in 2012: California (20.7%), New York (11.0%), Florida (8.7%), Texas (5.4%), and Georgia (3.2%).
- 600,000 families and 1.35 million children experience homelessness in America each year.
- Families and children make up 50% of the homeless population in America.
- Homeless children suffer from high rates of anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and below-average school performance.
- 633,782 people were homeless on a single night in January 2012.
- Families who become homeless generally share certain characteristics such as
- Extremely low incomes
- Headed by young parents with young children
- Lack of strong social networks
- Poor housing histories
- It costs approximately $500 to get a homeless person OFF THE STREETS.
- A survey done by the the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ in 2005 found that 13% of the urban homeless population were employed.
- Approximately 16% of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005).
- Both poor and homeless families have the same (high) incidences of domestic violence and similar rates of mental illness.
What Causes Homelessness?
Two trends have been found to be responsible for homelessness in the United States: lack of affordable housing and job loss. Low-paying jobs and domestic violence can also leave families and individuals out on the streets. The common assumption may be that the homeless are primarily disconnected individuals, but in fact more than half of the homeless are families with children who are possibly escaping a dangerous situation. Understanding these factors can be the first step toward ending homelessness in America.
What Are the Effects of Homelessness?
Homelessness and poverty affect people across America every day. Although each situation is different, the effects of being without a home are universal.
As 39% of the homeless population, teens experience their own short- and long-term effects. High rates of anxiety, depression, poor physical and mental health, and below-average school performance are all common among homeless teens. Homelessness has also proved to have major effects on self-worth, ambition, and vulnerability.
What You Can Do to Help Stop Homelessness
There are many ways to contribute to OFF THE STREETS and help get the homeless into housing:
- Volunteer by collecting, organizing, and/or delivering furniture and other living needs.
- Donate furniture, bedding, or personal care items.
- Make a tax-deductible donation.
- Fundraise by reaching out to local businesses and churches for support.
- Spread the word.
If you are a church or community organization interested in getting involved locally and want to learn more about what we do, OFF THE STREETS will gladly come and talk to you about our work. We believe that the OFF THE STREETS model can be applied in any geographical area. Contact us today to set up a consultation about how to get your project up and running.
How Can I Learn More?
Help the Homeless OFF THE STREETS One Person at a Time is our very own publication. It addresses the issues of homelessness as well as the history of our organization, and shows how you can help. 100% of the royalties from the book are used to pay security deposits for individuals and families coming OFF THE STREETS.
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