August 6, 2012

It’s Not Just Bums, Children are Homeless Too!

Posted in Clients and Needs, statistics, Those that need help tagged , , , , at 3:05 pm by Every Cent Counts

According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, in 2009, there were about 50,000 homeless girls and boys across Florida, one of the highest rates in the country. Forty-two percent of those children were younger than six years old.

Homeless families often sleep in their cars, the streets, or at local aid agencies, such as Metropolitan Ministries, which houses 85 children in dorm-style quarters.

This illustrates one of the many reasons why it is important to help whenever you can. You could volunteer, donate, or just commit to one random act of kindness per month. Every little bit counts.

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July 18, 2012

Who are the homeless?

Posted in Those that need help tagged , at 3:32 pm by Every Cent Counts

Many people see the homeless man standing on the side of the road and think that he is just a bum looking for drugs and alcohol. It’s easy to make this assumption, in some cases it even helps us cope with the fact that we are unable to change their situation. However, this is not a fair stereotype.

In 2006, a count of the homeless people in Hillsborough county Florida was conducted. Of the 9,566 homeless people they surveyed, the majority were single parents, the newly homeless, the elderly, and children. If you are like me, this information is shocking.

There isn’t a lot of publicity when it comes to the homeless, and what is advertised usually consists of people who evoke less empathy from the general population. If the media showed the reality of homelessness would more people help? We are doing a disservice to those struggling with homelessness, by promoting such a negative stereotype. This needs to be changed.

March 19, 2012

Homelessness and Every Cent Counts

Posted in Those that need help tagged , , , , at 7:52 pm by Every Cent Counts

The majority of shelters in Hillsborough County do not accept teenage boys, and fathers are almost always separated from their families. This is because men need a background check to be housed with children, and it is more cost effective to house the family members separately. What happens when there are two young children staying with a single father? He is faced with the hardest decision, separate from his children, so they can be cared for and housed where they are safe, but alone; or face homelessness as a family. Many families face this terrible decision every day. Some choose to deplete their money for food and basic living expenses, trying to stay in a hotel for as long as they can; others are forced to live in their cars.

Unfortunately, the public image of homelessness doesn’t consist of struggling families, which are one of the fastest growing populations of homeless individuals. Many of these individuals are in this situation due to an unplanned expense, that caused them to fall behind and they were never able to catch up. However, there is hope. You can help those in the Tampa Bay area overcome financial setbacks and meet their needs so that they can stay on track. Visit our website at http://www.crisiscenter.com/everycentcounts.aspx and help one of our clients get back on the road to success.