On any given day, there are approximately 3,760 homeless individuals in Austin. This can be an especially difficult situation for families with children – the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the U.S., accounting for approximately 40% of those in homeless situations. Emergency shelters in urban areas nationwide cannot meet the rising need for temporary housing, turning away 52% of requests for emergency shelter by families.
Your gift will provide toiletries for a homeless family in Austin being served by Foundation for the Homeless (FFH) for one week. FFH organizes resources from Austin faith communities to serve this vulnerable population. Families with children are provided temporary shelter in churches while receiving help with meals, toiletries, transportation, and child care. Children are taken to school and adults receive case management services including help with job searches, job training, life skills classes, parenting, and help finding permanent housing.