Homelessness is something every country is faced with. These people deserve basic human rights and we need to help get them into shelters and sometimes rehab centers. GGA will work with shelters in many different communities to ensure these individuals have food and safe shelter. The winter months are brutal and it's so sad to see large groups of homeless people sleeping outside in the cold. They end up with frostbite or worse - death.
The homeless population is faced with a greater risk to the Coronavirus: According to the New York Times "Doctors say that the country's more than half-million homeless people are at a higher risk of catching and dying from the virus." This is due to the cramped quarters in shelters, sharing of utensils and lack of hand-washing stations on the streets. Donate now to help us ensure shelters are taking precautions and have the items needed to help keep Coronavirus from spreading.
During the summer months, these homeless often become dehydrated from being outside in the heat. All of our communities could help each other by distributing water to the homeless, donating to the shelters and soup kitchens.
The U.S. Department of House and Urban Development has a comprehensive report located at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/2020-AHAR-Part-1.pdf
"On a single night in 2020, roughly 580,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. Six in ten (61%) were staying in sheltered locations—emergency shelters or transitional housing programs—and nearly four in ten (39%) were in unsheltered locations such as on the street, in abandoned buildings, or in other places not suitable for human habitation. For the fourth consecutive year, homelessness increased nationwide. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of people experiencing homelessness increased by two percent. This increase reflects a seven percent increase in people staying outdoors, which more than offset the modest (0.6%) decline in people staying in sheltered locations. Nearly 6 of every 10 people experiencing unsheltered homelessness did so in an urban area, with more than half of all unsheltered people counted in the Continuums of Care (CoCs) that encompass the nation’s 50 largest cities (53%). More than one in five people who experienced unsheltered homelessness was in a CoC with a largely suburban population (22%), and one in five was in a largely rural area (20%). 2020 marks the first time since data collection began that more individuals experiencing homelessness were unsheltered than were sheltered. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of unsheltered individuals increased by seven percent while the number of sheltered individuals remained largely unchanged."
When people are assisted with the resources needed they regain a feeling of safety and security and their mental and physical health improves and people often reconnect with employment, health services, education, and community. Young people reconnect with family and re-engage with school.
Donations will go toward providing clothing, food, and basic necessities. Your contribution helps provide hope to some of those who need it the most. Let's build partnerships together to put an end to homelessness.
If you wish to donate "in-kind" donations, please contact your local shelter to drop these off in order to save on time and shipping costs.