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Homelessness:

Homelessness Brannen /Chilton Section 4

Don’t think that Homelessness can affect you? Homelessness can affect anyone. Even these people struggled with being homeless…:

Don’t think that Homelessness can affect you? Homelessness can affect anyone. Even these people struggled with being homeless…

Halle Berry:

Halle Berry

Jim Carrey:

Jim Carrey

Kelly Clarkson:

Kelly Clarkson

David Letterman:

David Letterman

Hilary Swank:

Hilary Swank

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Did you know that on any given night, approximately 750,000 men, women, and children are homeless in the US?

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Homelessness refers to the status of people who are either sheltered homeless — using emergency or transitional housing — or unsheltered homeless — living on the streets or in parks , abandoned buildings , cars , subway tunnels or other places not meant for human habitation. What is Homelessness?

So, Why Should You Care??:

So, Why Should You Care?? 56% of homeless are living in shelters and transitional housing, while 44% are unsheltered. 98,452 families are struggling with homelessness. Over the course of a year, between 2.5 and 3.5 million people will live either on the streets or in an emergency shelter . There are approximately 150,000 to 200,000 chronically homeless individuals nationwide.

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Every year, 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness in the United States, making up about 50 percent of the homeless population over the course of the year . 43 percent of children living with homeless parents are under the age of 6 . Half of all homeless children attended three different schools in one year, and three-quarters of homeless children perform below grade level in reading. And What About the Children?

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Researchers estimate that about 5 to 7.7 percent of youth experience homelessness each year . Within 2-4 years of exiting foster care, 25 percent of foster children experience homelessness.

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It is estimated that between 23 and 40 percent of homeless adults are veterans. More than half (56) percent have completed high school or a GED program. But Do They Deserve to Be Homeless? No… No One Deserves to be Homeless!

But… There Is Hope!!! YOU Can Make a Difference! So, What are You Going to do About it?:

But… There Is Hope!!! YOU Can Make a Difference! So, What are You Going to do About it?

Volunteer Your Time!!!:

Volunteer Your Time!!! Work at a homeless shelter doing clerical work, serving food, washing dishes or sorting and distributing clothes Help build houses by working with Habitat for Humanity- Go to http://www.habitat.org for more information! Mentor young children staying in your local homeless shelter

Donate!:

Donate! Clothing In-kind services and materials (food, transportation, computer assistance…) Household goods or other items (kitchen tools, furniture, books, toys, diapers etc) Raise funds for a program

Stay Positive:

Stay Positive Remember to smile at Homeless people…they’re just like you! Don’t accept stereotypes about homelessness Respect the homeless as individuals Create cards that list local shelters so you can hand them out to the homeless Educate people about the homeless

But..Where Can You Help Here in Charleston, WV?:

But..Where Can You Help Here in Charleston, WV? Roark- Sullivan Lifeway Center (multiple locations) YWCA Sojourner Domestic Violence Shelter Charleston Urban Youth Ministries Nourished Hearts Emergency Shelter Union Mission Ministries

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It’s all up to you! Get out and make a Difference Today!!!

This Video Was Brought to You By…:

This Video Was Brought to You By… Nsima Akpabio Chelsea Bailey Krista Clay Gretchen Ervin David Geffrard Megan Gilpin Abiola Hunga Jordan Kirk Haley Rudd

Special Thanks To…:

Special Thanks To… Professor Amy Ellis and Peer Educator Jessica Johnson http://www.firstfivecc.org/blog/index.php/2011/12/meeting-the-developmental-needs-of-homeless-children/ http://inequalitiesblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/the-youngest-victims-of-the-recession/ http://inchatatime.blogspot.com/2007/09/inasmuch.html www.pinterest.com http://9wows.com/homeless-mans-best-friend/ http://money.howstuffworks.com/economics/volunteer/organizations/volunteers-of-america.htm http://intheknow.freedomblogging.com/ http://www.biculturalmom.com/2012/03/13/bartle-bogle-hegarty-bbh-dehumanizes-the-homeless-with-their-homeless-hotspots-campaign/#axzz1qM6q5Aj0 http://halleberrypictures.blogspot.com/ http://trialx.com/curetalk/2011/04/did-you-know-drew-carey-has-depression/ http://www.nndb.com/people/757/000022691/ http://www.billboard.com/artist/kelly-clarkson/498064#/artist/kelly-clarkson/498064 http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/bio/david_letterman/bio.php http://photos.1-ol.com/2012/03/hilary-swank.html http://www.shaniatwainlasvegas.com/ http://humanneeds.vcu.edu/Page.aspx?nav=37&scope=0 http://thechicagoalliance.org/homelessstats.aspx#Homelessness http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts/you.pdf https://www.justgive.org/ways/50wayshomeless.jsp http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Charleston&state=WV

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