Homelessness is defined as “those who do not have a permanent residence to which they can return whenever they so choose.”
Who Are America’s Homeless?
610,042 people were homeless in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of people experiencing homelessness (65 percent or 394,698) were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs.
How Many Households Are at Risk of Becoming Homeless?
In America, 46.7 Million People Live in Poverty (income less than $20,000 and spending more than 50% of their income on shelter).
How Do People Become Homeless?
While every person’s entry into homelessness is different, similar factors come into play. 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.
|Childhood Factors: Abuse, parent drug use, single parent, long-term social assistance, foster placementInterpersonal/Family Factors: Divorce, domestic violence, poor social support, young parenting
Mental Health/ Addictions: Antisocial, PTSD diagnosis, active addiction (Drugs)
Health Problems: Disability, problem pregnancy
Housing Transitions: Recent immigration, eviction, couching, dilapidated housing, institutionalization (correctional, psychiatric)
Minority Status: Aboriginal, refugee, visible minority
|ForeclosureEroding Work Opportunities
Decline in Public Assistance
Lack of Affordable Health Care
People without a permanent residence come from every walk of life, and vary dramatically in age. Anyone can become homeless. It is an issue that harms individuals, damages communities, yet in most cases it can be prevented. With people often experiencing feelings of isolation, homelessness can also increase your chances of taking drugs or experiencing physical or mental health problems. On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old. They are 35 times more likely to commit suicide than the average person.Two thirds of rough sleepers say they have been insulted by a member of the public, and one in ten say they have been urinated on. Homeless people are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the general public, and are 47 times more likely to be a victim of theft. The ongoing effects of the economic downturn mean the number of people sleeping rough has increased rapidly in recent years, and projects often struggle to find the funding they need to deal with this rise.
It is time we changed our attitudes towards homeless people, they have the right to be treated with the same respect as anyone else. After all… It could happen to any of us.
Future Global Corporation is joining the fight to end homelessness in North America for Individuals and Families in need of a permanent residence.
Our Plan To Make A Change
Future Global Corporation has recently formed a registered organization to help battle homelessness in America: Homes4theHomeless. FGC will continuously raise capital and donate a portion of the company’s profits for homeless families and individuals. The funds will be used to build 1-5 houses, per year, in our target cities, to be donated to homeless families, couples or individuals in need of a permanent residence.
This project intends to address the immediate affect of homelessness within our target cities and eventually worldwide. The concept never once states that this will cure the homeless issue and/or prevent homelessness altogether. FGC’s goal is to move one step forward in helping homeless people needing immediate assistance.
With your help, we can give up to 10 individuals, couples and families the help and guidance to get moving in the right direction.
After all… It could happen to any of us.
Share the Buzz
For those of you who are not in a position to financially or physically contribute, please share this page and the news of the campaign in your city. If we can at least get a buzz around the homeless, and begin treating them like the human beings that they are, then the campaign has already succeeded.