This is Alexandria. She came into the Burbank Winter Shelter last night with her parents. They had NOTHING! Homeless and hopeless!
Here is the deal. Homelessness has a new face and that is 2 parent families with children.
In the richest country in the world families with babies as gorgeous as Alexandria are showing up at homeless shelters.
Unfortunately we are just at the beginning of this crisis. Poverty is increasing yet money to homeless services is being cut.
I was in one city meeting last week were it was flat out stated that money to support women and homeless services will be greatly reduced over the next 18 months. Some will be completely eliminated!
Alexandria you might say lucked out last night. We were able to find hotel vouchers for two nights so they didn’t have to sleep outside, nor stay in the shelter (the shelter is not able to house families), but the hotel room was disgusting and in a bad neighborhood. Besides finding the money for the hotels finding hotels with a reasonable rate that will house homeless families is another issue.
What can you do? I am so glad you asked! Scream REAL LOUD because local, state, and national government officials don’t believe there is an issue, or they don’t WANT to believe there is an issue!
Please write a letter, make some calls, YELL AS LOUD AS YOU CAN!