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HomelessnessThere are 700,000 people without shelter tonight and
on any given night in the United states alone.

2.5-3.5 million people will experience Homelessness this year, and the numbers are increasing. Being homeless is especially hard on families with children, runaways, and victims of domestic violence. Children under 18 make up 27% of the homeless population. The problem is bigger than what the government can do, bigger than what any one charity can do.

We do not claim to have all the answers to homelessness but we do believe Love and action can make a difference. The 1John4 Project is an umbrella project made up of several smaller projects we are implementing in phases.

Look below at some of our missions and goals, and see how you can be part of the mission to help show the mercy and love of Christ.

 

tees4these
GOAL: 50 Tees for these in June

{LEARN. LOVE. GIVE.} EVERY online order we receive, Faveur will donate one T-shirt to the Oliver Gospel Mission / Stand Up for Kids! to distribute to the homeless across the nation. In keeping with the spirit behind the 1John4 Project, showing love to the homeless, especially in this season and these economic times, is our ministry to those in need, and our mutual ministry with you to address those needs.

Thanks once Again! Faveur- along with your Help, donated 38 T-shirts to Standup For Kids/Oliver gospel missions!

-We can make a difference -

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sockbox

You Can Make a Difference!

The Sockbox Project is a simple and easy way to make a difference to the homeless in your community. Action is the only requirement! Socks are something most all of us take for granted. But for the homeless, its just another need!

 

Click here to get the 3 simple tools you need to get started making a difference today.

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Some FACTS you should know:

Two trends are largely responsible for the rise in homelessness over the past 20-25 years: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty.

  • FORECLOSURES

Recently, foreclosures have increased the number of people who experience homelessness.

  • POVERTY

Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. Difficult choices must be made when limited resources cover only some of these necessities. Often it is housing, which absorbs a high proportion of income that must be dropped. If you are poor, you are essentially an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets.

  • ERODING WORK OPPORTUNITIES

Reasons why homelessness persists include stagnant or falling incomes and less secure jobs which offer fewer benefits.

  • DECLINE IN PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

The declining value and availability of public assistance is another source of increasing poverty and homelessness.

  • HOUSING

A lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs have contributed to the current housing crisis and to homelessness.

According to HUD, in recent years the shortages of affordable housing are most severe for units affordable to renters with extremely low incomes. Federal support for low-income housing has fallen 49% from 1980 to 2003 (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2005). About 200,000 rental housing units are destroyed annually. Renting is one of the most viable options for low income people.

  • LACK OF AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE

For families and individuals struggling to pay the rent, a serious illness or disability can start a downward spiral into homelessness, beginning with a lost job, depletion of savings to pay for care, and eventual eviction.

  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Battered women who live in poverty are often forced to choose between abusive relationships and homelessness. In addition, 50% of the cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005).Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives (Network to End Domestic Violence).

 

  • MENTAL ILLNESS

Approximately 16% of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005). Despite the disproportionate number of severely mentally ill people among the homeless population, increases in homelessness are not attributable to the release of severely mentally ill people from institutions. Most patients were released from mental hospitals in the 1950s and 1960s, yet vast increases in homelessness did not occur until the 1980s, when incomes and housing options for those living on the margins began to diminish rapidly. According to the 2003 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Report, most homeless persons with mental illness do not need to be institutionalized, but can live in the community with the appropriate supportive housing options (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003). However, many mentally ill homeless people are unable to obtain access to supportive housing and/or other treatment services. The mental health support services most needed include case management, housing, and treatment.

  • ADDICTION DISORDERS

The relationship between addiction and homelessness is complex and controversial. While rates of alcohol and drug abuse are disproportionately high among the homeless population, the increase in homelessness over the past two decades cannot be explained by addiction alone. Many people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs never become homeless, but people who are poor and addicted are clearly at increased risk of homelessness. Addiction does increase the risk of displacement for the precariously housed; in the absence of appropriate treatment, it may doom one's chances of getting housing once on the streets. Homeless people often face insurmountable barriers to obtaining health care, including addictive disorder treatment services and recovery supports.

*Published by the National Coalition for the Homeless, July 2009

 

 

 

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