People (especially millennials) seem to care more about helping homeless animals than they do about helping homeless HUMANS!
No matter where you live in the United States, you’ve probably run into a homeless person or seen the effects of homelessness in some way. Recently during a conversation with my mom, I had a revaluation about how incredibly sad it is that there are people out there who have no one and nothing to turn to when society chews them up and spits them out.
It seems to have become increasingly more common for people to ignore the homeless. A lot of people think that those who are homeless chose to be homeless but that stereotype is fundamentally wrong.
Did you know:
- 25% suffer from an untreated mental illness
- 25% are children
- 44% did paid work during the past month
- 40% are veterans
- 46% are domestically abused
- 36% are families with children
Just let those numbers sink in for a second.
The path to homelessness isn’t as far-out as many people might assume. Think about what it would be like to lose your home through eviction, lose your job and eventually lose your financial independence. With the recent cuts to the budget of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development, evictions rates are increasing and the lack of affordable housing is creating a crisis.
Imagine what it would be like to be completely alone, without any family or loved ones. For a long time, I never understood this concept because I was lucky enough to have grown up in an extremely strong and supportive family environment. After moving to New York City for the summer, I started to see what homelessness really looks like on a daily basis. Everyday on my way to work, I see homeless men, women and children and it makes me feel like shit. It makes me want to pull out all the cash in my pocket and hand it to them.
I know that some people will never care about the homeless or feel any empathy whatsoever towards those in need, but I also know that there are some amazing organizations out there that are working to fight homelessness. For example, the organization that I recently started interning with is called Robin Hood and they have helped literally millions of people in New York City who are affected by poverty and homelessness.
Here are some other great organizations that work to help the homeless:
Find local charities and learn about more ways to help fight homelessness HERE
Even if you only give one dollar, that dollar could meet up with some other peoples’ dollars and they could throw a party to help end homelessness in America.
(National Alliance to End Homelessness)
(National Coalition on the Homeless)