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Homelessness

On any given night in America, an estimated 750,000 people are homeless, and between 2 million and 3.5 millions Americans will be homeless for some portion of the year, many of them single mothers with their children (Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness).

There are many factors contributing factors, including a shortage of affordable housing, job loss, disability, mental illness and domestic violence. And while homelessness is generally a temporary situation, some shelter waiting lists have grown from days to weeks. And the problem is getting worse. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2002 Survey on Hunger and Homelessness, across the 25 cities participating in the survey, requests for emergency shelter grew by 19% last year, including an increasing number of families with young children -- the steepest climb in a decade. For shelters already stretched beyond their limits, this translates to an urgent need for donations and volunteers.

In these trying times, your help will help those who need it most to get off the streets, back into a home and back into their lives.



Make A Donation
Homelessness is a fact of life in most communities, but you can make a difference.

Review the organizations below or search for other related charities.

Habitat for Humanity International
Affordable housing development
Donate

Manna International Relief and Development
Emergency relief & economic development programs
Donate

The National Alliance to End Homelessness, Inc.
Education, advocacy & training programs
Donate

National Coalition for the Homeless
Prevention & education programs
Donate

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Public policy and education programs
Donate

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Legal advocacy
Donate

So Others Might Eat (SOME)
Homeless services and shelters
Donate

StandUp For Kids
Programs for kids living on the streets
Donate

Be A Volunteer
Because one person can make a difference.

Volunteer with one of these organizations or search for opportunities in your area.

Christmas in April
Washington, DC 20036-1402
Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity International
Americus, GA 31709
Volunteer

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Washington, DC 20005
Volunteer

Be a Virtual Volunteer!
Volunteer

Speak Out
Make your voice heard and your opinions count.

National Coalition for the Homeless
Speak Out

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