Hope for Child Homelessness

Hope For Child Homelessness

Samantha Jonas-Rongo

“Every child deserves to have a home of their own. It doesn’t have to be of many stories, stretch across a wide depth of field, or have attached amenities, but a home that is safe and healthy. A home that is strong and safe on the outside to protect all of the love that exists within it’s walls.”…..Samantha Jonas-Rongo

According to a comprehensive state-by-state report that accuses the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and pervasive domestic violence; the number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all time high. Amounting to one child of every 3.

Teen homelessness rates are on the rise. A concern is that homeless kids are the most likely target of human traffickers, pornographers and gangs. These vulnerable kids are forced to endure unimaginable horrors, just to survive.

Titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” the report issued by the “National Center on Family Homelessness”, calculates nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point during 2013. This number is based on the Department of Education’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless pre-school children not counted.

The problem is particularly severe in the state of California, which has one-eighth of the current U.S. population, but accounts for more than one-fifth of the homeless children with nearly 527,000.

According to the report, Child homelessness increased by 8 percent nationally from 2012 to 2013. It also warned of potentially devastating affects on children’s educational, emotional and social development, as well as basing by their parents’ health, employment prospects and parenting abilities.

The report included a composite index ranking the states on the extent of child homelessness, efforts to combat it, and the overall level of child well-being throughout the state. The states with the best scores were Minnesota, Nebraska and Massachusetts. At the bottom were Alabama, Mississippi and California.

The new report by the National Center on Family Homelessness — a part of the private, nonprofit American Institutes for Research — says remedies for child homelessness should include an expansion of affordable housing, education and employment opportunities for homeless parents, and specialized services for the many mothers rendered homeless due to domestic violence.

Efforts to obtain more resources to combat child homelessness are complicated by debate over how to quantify it.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development conducts an annual one-day count of homeless people that encompasses shelters, as well as parks, underpasses, vacant lots and other locales. Its latest count, for a single night in January 2013, tallied 610,042 homeless people, including 130,515 children.

The year 2014 has increased by thousands. We need to help those who need it the most, and remember that the children of today are our future of tomorrow. Not every family who is affected by homelessness was due to a lack of handling responsibilities or even contributing to drug and alcohol use. The loss of  job, especially those in the middle class are affected traumatically. They made too much to qualify for public assistance and therefore they are on their own until they are able to find another job.

Please click the links below that I have provided so you can learn more on child homelessness, and how you can help those in need find shelter. While children should be creating  a Christmas list during this time of year, another is just hoping for a safe place to call home.

-Samantha Jonas-Rongo

Click on any of the links below to donate or browse their site.

Facts

Buffalo City Mission

Coalition For The Homeless

Salvation Army

Donate in your area


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