Pillar Name: Shelter The Homeless
Pillar lead – Br. Mohammad Kamal
Homelessness or the risk of homelessness affects millions of people every year. Job loss, low wages, disability, substance abuse, family conflict, domestic violence and other factors contribute to the problem. While most people experiencing or facing homelessness are adults, particularly veterans, many of the homeless are families with children. Even though we can't reach to all or part, the idea is to help little of those in need.
- Collaborate and work with other organizations currently working with ‘Sheltering the homeless’
- Reach out to homeless individuals through street outreach and mobile outreach services and once we engage with homeless individuals.
- Provide emergency shelter for people in a housing crisis and assist them in finding and keeping permanent housing.
- Offer a number of temporary, transitional, permanent and supportive housing options for seniors, individuals, and families; and for people who are disabled, chronically mentally ill or homeless.
- Understand the legal implications associated with the Homeless people
Homelessness is one of our nation’s most misunderstood and vexing social problems. Homelessness does not discriminate. Families with children, single adults, teenagers and older individuals of all races struggle with the devastating effects of homelessness.
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.
Cause of this phenomena or why this is happening more and more every year?
The primary cause of homelessness is a lack of affordable housing, domestic violence etc . Over five million low-income households have serious housing problems due to high housing costs, substandard housing conditions or both. While the problem of homelessness seems daunting, we can end homelessness in our nation.
There are hundreds of families living in dangerously overcrowded housing. They’re moving from place to place, night after night, in a constant state of fear and mere survival.
How can we make a difference and how can we measure the change?
While permanent housing, often coupled with supportive services, is the best way to end homelessness, many individuals and families need short-term stabilization before they can find housing that will meet their long term needs. Through EPIC volunteering services we can provide emergency assistance to homeless persons in the form of homeless shelters. We can operate drop-in centers — places where homeless youth or adults can get off the streets and find a temporary safe haven. And often, when homeless persons begin to trust our volunteering work, they agree to leave the streets and enter transitional or permanent housing.
We can work with the group they already working and familiar with this type of volunteering work and handling it’s legality etc.,
For a significant number of homeless Americans with mental or physical impairments, often coupled with drug and/or alcohol use issues, long-term homelessness can only be ended by providing permanent housing coupled with intensive supportive services.
We can also work on a transitional housing program to operate with one goal in mind — to help individuals and families obtain permanent housing as quickly as possible. Identify the individuals, identify their family members, communicate with the family, understand the situation and work towards solving issues.
Our Partner -OurCalling Homeless Shelter
OurCallinghasa 30,000 sqft facility renovated to serve the homeless. According to statistics, there are 28K homeless people in Dallas metro area, out of which only 2k are sheltered. OurCalling focuseson the other 26K to support them regardless of their background. They have an average of 200 homeless people register with them monthly. The facility providesfood, laundry, shower, clothing, counseling and more.