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HomelessnessBy: Devyn Slowik

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Why Homelessness is important to me/worldAudience RelevanceThesisWhat is Homelessness?Overview of HomelessnessOrganizations in Philadelphia that help the HomelessSkid RowRonald Davis' VideoHomeless in PhiladelphiaMy ApplicationClass ActivityConclusionQuote

2Homelessness is important to me becauseI believe every person should be entitled to having a place to rest their head comfortably at night.Seeing homeless people sleeping on the streets or begging for money breaks my heart.Many good people fall victim to homelessness because of bad circumstances.Homeless people are human beings also that deserve respect.I dont like to see young children suffering because of homelessness

Why is homelessness an important topic to the world? We all live in the same world and should look out for each other It could potentially happen to you or someone you know

Audience Relevance If you have a heart or compassion the suffering of others should matter to you. I hope it will affect your view on homeless people. Realizing they are human beings too, and just in a bad situation. The more people that care about homelessness the more likely there will be a change.

Thesis StatementHomelessness and poverty are important issues in America today because more and more people are falling victim to it. Raising awareness and finding ways to help are the responsibility of every compassionate person.

What is homelessness?A person who is homeless does not have a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This person may be sleeping on the streets, with friends or family, in cars or abandoned buildings or in shelters.

Money In most states the Minimum wage is extremely lower than a living wage. This is what causes many people to become homeless. Despite having a job, you cant make enough money to pay the bills. Without savings, or having someone else's support you will end up homeless. Minimum wage, and living wage employees spend a very high portion of their money on housing leaving no money at all for other things.

Different types of Homelessness PeopleDrug abuseVeteransMental illnessChildren/families

Four Categories of HomelessnessLiterally Homeless A person who has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation.Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements

Imminent Risk of HomelessnessAn individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residenceResidence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistanceNo subsequent residence has been identifiedThe individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing

Homeless under other Federal statutesUnaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definitionAre defined as homeless under the other listed federal statutesHave not had a lease, ownership interest, or occupancy agreement in permanent housing during the 60 days prior to the homeless assistance applicationHave experienced persistent instability as measured by two moves or more during the preceding 60 days

Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic ViolenceAny individual or family who is fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violenceHas no other residenceLacks the resources or support networks to obtain permanent housing

Homelessness in Philadelphia Its estimated that there are approximately 4,000 people who are homeless on any given day.Homelessness affects over 80 percent African Americans, and about 15 percent White.

Causes of HomelessnessPoverty from a lack of good jobsMinimal government assistanceLack of affordable housing and inadequate housing assistanceLack of affordable health careDomestic violenceMental IllnessSubstance Abuse

Ways to end HomelessnessProvide permanent solutions like jobs and housing. This will allow a person to become stable and a productive citizen. Make sure people have affordable health careProvide jobs at a living wage.Help people in shelters make the transition so they dont fall back into the homelessness cycleOffer substance abuse, and mental health counseling to those in need

Some Organizations in Philly that help the Homeless. Covenant House

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

Chosen 300 Ministries

Covenant House Each year in the U.S. alone, as many as 2 million youth experience a period of homelessness, and every year more than 5,000 of these young people lose their lives to the streets. Their hope and promise are lost forever unless they find someone like Covenant House to love and care for them.Homeless kids go to Covenant House and without question receive a meal, shower, clothes, medical attention, and a safe place away from the dangers of the streets. Covenant House has helped more then 1 million homeless and runaway youth since it has opened more than 35 years ago. Sunday Breakfast Rescue MissionThe founders of Sunday Breakfast mission had one simple goal, and that was to provide breakfast every Sunday to the poor and influence them of Christian ways. They started serving breakfast in 1878 and continue serving to this day. Three meals are served a day, everyday of the year. The mission is located on 13th Street in Philadelphia.

Chosen 300Chosen 300 is located in Philadelphia on Spring Garden Street and also has other locations in West Philadelphia, Pottstown and around the world. A married couple started this organization in 1996 and have been serving meals to the homeless since then!

Skid RowSkid Row is located in Los Angeles, California. This area contains the largest stable population of homeless people in the United States. In 2006, there were 80,000 homeless individuals in Los Angeles County on any given night.

More about Skid RowDiseases spread quickly amongst Skid Row residentsTuberculosis, Staph Infection, HIV, Hepatitis A, B, and C are all common Diseases spread quickly because of the close living quarters, people share needles to inject drugs, and share the same pipe to smoke crack out of

Homeless Population Map In my next slide is an image of a map of Downtown Los Angeles Skid Row homeless population.

Pictures of Skid Row

Above is a picture of volunteers going to hand out food to the homeless people living on Skid Row. They are wearing the mask to prevent themselves from diseases and infections they may be exposed to.

Skid Row Ronald Davis

In my next slide is a video I found on YouTube of a man telling his story of homelessness.

Video

Homeless People in PhiladelphiaHer husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He is still waiting to receive Medicaid insurance. She panhandles everyday to help pay his medical bills which is very expensive.

Homeless People in PhiladelphiaOnce was a Veteran from the First Gulf War, now living on the streets on Philadelphia trying to survive.

Homeless People in PhiladelphiaShe has been homeless on and off for 20 years. She stays on a friends couch each night for $10, but during the day she has to collect change.

For the service portion of my project I decided to volunteer at a food pantry that is located at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Schwenksville. Jerusalem's food pantry serves in excess of 150 families each month.This food pantry relies on donations from the community, grocery stores, and other events like food drives.

Food Pantry

Jerusalem Lutheran Churchs food pantry is run solely by volunteers. In a typical month more then 300 hours of volunteer work is organized through the pantry. There are many tasks you can do while volunteering here like receiving, shelving, dispensing stock, and paper work.

One of the goals of the food pantry is to prevent low income families from becoming homeless by providing food to them twice a month. After families pay other bills they often dont have much money for food.

Pictures of the Pantry

This picture is of me sorting donations to put all the same type of foods together.

These crates all have different labels on them like canned fruit, corn, soup, ect. When sorting the donations you find the crate that has the item you have and place it in there. This makes it easier when giving out the food.

These crates are to separate all the other foods that arent in cans. This includes condiments, stuffing, snacks, drinks, cereal, and whatever else.

These are donations brought to the Church by volunteers. These come from all different places, and the postal boxes make it easier to transport all the bags.

This picture is volunteers unloading a truck full of donations that come from other Churches, households, grocery stores, restaurants, or food drives. I put together a box of toiletries to donate to Jerusalem Lutheran Church since that it was of the donation items they get very few of.Class ActivityFor the class activity portion I would like you to take a note card and write one thing you will commit to doing in the next week to help a homeless person. One thing you learned from this presentation. After your done writing, share what you wrote.

Key SourceSelect one of your best sources in your research, explain why it was a good source including author background, and summarize information it provided. ConclusionA couple of slides to explain what you learned through the project. You could include what surprised you and/or inspired you, as well as how the project may have changed your view of the world or something you will do in the future. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of hims