HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the US’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, is spending the month of November holding events and undertaking activities to highlight and help to end hunger and homelessness in this country. The annual event is called HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month.
“Homelessness remains a huge problem in this country,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America, the national charity that was founded in 1989 as a way for the building industry to give back to the community by addressing the issue of homelessness. 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, medical crisis, domestic abuse, alcohol or drug addiction, and PTSD in veterans. It is estimated that 80% of the homeless 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 focus on this problem, have a genuine discussion about solutions, and take action to get this societal problem solved once and for all.”
Most of HomeAid’s 17 chapters are expected to participate in the month-long campaign, focusing their efforts for the four calendar weeks in November on 1) youth at risk, 2) veterans, 3) homeless families, and 4) hunger.
For a complete listing of HHAM events, visit: http://www.homeaid.org/Homelessness Awareness Month 2017