Homelessness is a dire issue in the US – more than 500.000 people are homeless in 2016, and the number is growing each year. Along with the increasing number of poverty, US citizens have more risk to poverty as time moves. If your family became homeless, here are ways to get help:
• Call Homelessness Hotline
Many homeless people are clueless about their own survival. There are numerous cases of homeless people wandering around and sleep in abandoned spots, which is not the best move for survival. In such cases, it’s best to reach homeless hotlines. States and cities of US usually have their own hotline. However, if you don’t know about them, calling 211 will help and redirect you to those local services.
• Find The Nearest Shelter
The next thing we should do is find shelter. After all, staying in public areas are not safe, especially during night time with your family. So, it’s best to get to any reachable shelter. You can ask 211 for local shelters. If organizations like The Salvation Army or Feeding America operates near you, they may offer shelters as well. After that, there will be several qualifications before your family can get a bed in the shelter.
• Look for Homeless Transitional Programs
Being homeless doesn’t mean that your family will stick with it. However, moving on from it is hard, especially if you don’t have a job. If that’s the case, you can either look for a job immediately or look for programs such as Doe Fund’s and Chrysalis to help you find a career and family-sufficiency.
Facing homeless as a person is difficult, but it’s even harder to face it along with your family. However, being homeless is not the end of all things. There are organizations that are willing to help your family to rebound.