Wednesday, February 28, 2007

754,000 homeless people living on the streets

CNN reported today that the HUD (the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development) homeless count in January 2005 found 754,000 people living on the streets or in shelters. We at Breakthrough participate in that count every year by supplying the information about the number of residents in our shelters. Some of us have also gone out to try to find the people living under bridges and in the alleys, etc. The count does not include people who are sleeping on the sofas of there friends and relatives or those who are hidden in abandoned buildings or riding the trains and buses to stay warm all night.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Arloa, I'm a regular reader of your blog, and I have a question for you about a homeless woman that I've had on my heart for a year now. If you have an extra minute or if you could maybe have someone in your staff email me, my address is kmann@blueplatechicago.com. I'm wondering if you might know about her or be able to recommend how to help. Thanks!
Kacie

Keri Wyatt Kent said...

Sometimes the problem of homelessness feels so overwhelming, we're paralyzed by it, or by even considering how to help. But Breakthrough is helping so many, and they can use very practical help--soap, underwear, deoderant--these little donations mean a lot.
I'm doing a coat drive right now for breakthrough (read more at keriwyattkent.com) and we've already got more than 50 coats in just a few days. A small thing but people love to help out when you give them just a little direction. do small things with great love.
Keri