HomeAid America, a nonprofit organization and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, launches Homelessness Awareness Month, an annual campaign held every November to increase awareness about the issues of homelessness.
“Homelessness remains a huge problem in this country,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America, the national charity that was founded nearly 30 years ago as a way for the building industry to give back to the community by tackling homelessness.
According to the National Law Center on Homelessness, every year alone over 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness, and well over 1 million of them are children. The causes of homeless are many, including job loss, lack of affordable housing, medical crisis, domestic abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. It is estimated that 85% of people experiencing homelessness are only situational and can be moved back to self-sufficiency.
“For the richest country in the world to allow so many to go unfed and unsheltered is a national tragedy, and one we can do something about,” said Simons. “HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month is a time to learn about homelessness, have a genuine discussion about solutions, and provide opportunities to take action to provide safe, dignified housing and support services needed to rebuild lives.”
Most of HomeAid’s 18 chapters are expected to participate in the month-long effort. Some of the specific events and activities that are planned for the month include:
Nov 1--HA Sacramento Spread the Warmth Blanket Drive begins
Nov 3--HA Orange County Doorways for Hope Event
Nov 3--HA Colorado at Operation Stand Down for Veterans
Nov 3--HA Southern Nevada Blanket & Coat Drive begins
Nov 7--HA Inland Empire Champions Breakfast
Nov 7--HA Atlanta Stock the House with DeKalb/Rockdale HBA chapter
Nov 8--HA San Diego Meet and Greet Event
Nov 8--HA Northern California Toy Drive
Nov 9-- HA Houston HALO Luncheon
Nov 10--HA Northern California Care Day
Nov 10--HA Northern Virginia 17th Annual Gala & Auction
Nov 15--HA Colorado at Project Homeless Connect
Nov 15- HA Inland Empire CareKit Stuffing Event
Nov 15–HA Sacramento CareKits with Bank of America for Veterans
Nov 16–HA Atlanta CareKits with Bank of America
Nov 16–HA Austin Building Homes: Rebuilding Lives Luncheon
Nov 21--HA Colorado CareKit Distribution and Thanksgiving Meal
To learn more about HomeAid America and Homelessness Awareness Month and see a complete list of activities, click here.
HomeAid, founded in Southern California in 1989, is a nonprofit provider of housing and resources for the homeless that operates through a network of 18 chapters nationwide. HomeAid has completed over 550 housing projects with a value of more than $230 million, of which nearly 50 percent was donated by the building industry. HomeAid has added over 10,000 beds that have housed over 325,000 previously homeless individuals. For more information visit www.homeaid.org.