Temporary homelessness is not a choice, not an identity, not a failure to work. It is a circumstance and the problem is growing. Current economic conditions have caused families to become a growing segment of the homeless population due to unforeseen job loss or being affected by catastrophic incidents such as health issues or home foreclosure.
Unlike any time in America's history, today's homeless are primarily women, children, and families. Homelessness causes social and academic delays in children, separates families, and increases costs for healthcare, prison, foster care and other systems. Homelessness is on the rise due to the economic crisis, particularly among seniors and families with children.
This population of homeless people need a temporary home to regroup, catch their breath, and rebuild their lives.