How to Help Prevent and End Homelessness
There are a number of effective steps that you can take toward ending homelessness. No matter what your skills, age or resources, there are ways you can make a difference for the families and singles who are homeless. Here are some suggestions for how you can make a difference.
Talk to your family, friends, colleagues and community about the causes and solutions to homelessness. Discuss how you can work on related issues such as paying living wages, providing education, accessing health care, stopping domestic violence and increasing the availability of affordable housing.
Your time is invaluable. Dedicate your time and ideas to programs within your community and neighboring areas. We recommend:
Training homeless individuals for employment.
Working at a nearby housing organization.
Registering people who are homeless to vote.
Organizing or participating in fundraising drives for local service
Incorporating your skills to aid in efforts of housing first programs
or supportive housing programs.
- Recruiting others to join your efforts.
When you wish to donate goods and services, find out what service providers and people who are homeless could really use. Consider giving clothing that individuals could wear to a job interview, home furnishings that could help a family transition into permanent housing, age-appropriate learning materials for children entering their local school system. Call permanent housing organizations and other homeless service agencies for their respective wish lists, and encourage your family and community to help make those wishes come true.