The United States has long been revered as the World’s superpower in political influence and military power…but a more disturbing fact is our statistic on income inequality. "The national Center on Homelessness and Poverty estimated that 31 million people now live on the edge of-or in-hunger in the country.” This has created an increase in homelessness - a staggering 1.75 million people; 44% of which are single men. And if that’s not disturbing enough, consider that 13% of those men are prior Military servicemen.
When you consider that this report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness is only reporting the people who are consistently homeless and doesn’t include those who go to shelters, you realize the numbers are even higher.
On any given night in the United States,
around 640,000 people are without shelter.
Mental illness is cited as a contributing cause for many living on the street. It may be why a Portland man held up a Bank of America for 1 dollar. After the teller gave him his dollar, the homeless man waited patiently for the police to arrive. He stated he wanted to be arrested so that he could get medical attention in jail that he couldn’t get on the street. This was after repeated attempts to seek help even asking random passer-byers to call 911 for him. The man had no prior criminal record.
How can we, as a nation, make a difference in the lives of the homeless? A story was done by the New Yorker Magazine in 2006 chronicling the life of a homeless man named Murray. This article estimated that the cost of Murray’s care as a homeless alcoholic had totaled $1 million dollars in ten years. It stated, “Had the money been used in a different way, this $1 million could have put a permanent roof over his head.”
Giv360 agrees, and believes that non-profits like Homestretch is a powerful way to combat homelessness by providing temporary housing but creating permanent solutions! They do this by giving homeless parents and their children a safe and comfortable place to live, while simultaneously helping them address the root causes of their situation so they can return to a life of self-reliance and stability.
Another non-profit dedicated to fighting homelessness is Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Since 1983 they have built and renovated more than 1,400 homes for more than 5,500 family members, primarily in the city of Atlanta and South Fulton County.
The Rainbow House is another great local organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive services that restore, heal and rebuild the lives of children and families.
Because isn’t that what it’s all about? Rebuilding the lives of people so they can get back on their feet and feel good about themselves again?
Giv360 believes that organizations like these, which depend on donations, can be the answer to our area’s homeless problem.
All you have to do is click here and pick your favorite non-profit organization you’d like to support. It’s free, easy to set up and doesn’t cost you anything. But every time you frequent a participating merchant, up to 5% of your bill will be donated to the charity you chose.
It really is that painless to help ease the pain of others in need. Don’t just walk by a homeless person on the street. Instead join with Giv360, and start helping them get off the street today!