The Changing Face of Homelessness A senior citizen with a disability and no support system A family hit hard by the economic downturn A young woman fleeing an abusive relationship Homelessness is widespread and the majority of people without a place of their own are concealed from the public gaze. Many couch surf' at the homes of family and friends, stay temporarily in cheap motels or rooming houses, or live in their cars. Most work or actively seek work, and accommodation may be attached to employment. Too many are children. All are one step away from street homelessness and too many already are. In the course of a year, the estimated odds of experiencing homelessness for a young adult aging out of foster care are a staggering 1 in 6. It is widely agreed upon that there is a vast undercount of the number of young people experiencing homelessness.
In the United States an estimated 2.8 million children are homeless. Nearly half of them are under the age of 6 years old. Many of them physically and sexually abused Hundreds of thousands of them are forced into the horrific world of child sex trafficking It is estimated that nearly half a million children are sold for sex in the United States EVERY single year. Any statistic relation to homelessness is a best a good guess. Homeless people and especially homeless families are not raising their hands to be counted.
In the last two years the number of homeless children has doubled. Child and Youth Homelessness in America has become a NATIONAL CRISIS. Many of these kids actually sleep on the streets because they aren’t fortunate enough to find nearby shelter. These homeless children are dying every...single...day. Compared with low-income housed children, homeless children experience more health problems, developmental delays, increased anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and lower educational achievement.
The number of homeless children is not the only thing on the rise. So is the duration. It used to be homelessness lasted two to three months, but now it goes three months, six months, a year, or two years. This is when these children are developing who they are, and their foundation is broken.
In the course of a year, the estimated odds of experiencing homelessness for a young adult aging out of foster care are a staggering 1 in 6. It is widely agreed upon that there is a vast undercount of the number of young people experiencing homelessness.
Homeless children are more susceptible to illnesses than housed children and have four times as many asthma attacks, five times the stomach problems, six times more speech problems, and more.
In the United States, homeless families who have children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
This is a 6 - 24 month program that is divided by age and gender. We will offer separate housing grouped by age to meet the individual needs of the students. Houses instead of dorms will create a family atmosphere; each house will have 12 kids, house parents and grandparents. The program emphasizes working with the family group as a unit. The student learns the value of trust & Integrity, and that within the unit each person’s actions affect everyone.