Who Do We Help?

Research indicates that 81% of the total homeless population will enter and exit a shelter quickly. This population of homeless individuals and families have experienced a life-altering event such as job loss, natural disaster, divorce, abuse, or medical condition that drives them to homelessness.

Typically, these homeless individuals and families merely need a second chance to get their feet back on the ground, attain self-sufficiency, and move quickly toward acquiring some sort of permanent housing.

They need a temporary home to regroup, catch their breath and rebuild their lives.  Families have become a growing segment of the homeless population due to unforeseen job loss or health care issues.  In our efforts to end homelessness, HomeAid Northern California supports the building and remodeling of shelters and facilities that offer counseling, job training and support to rebuild lives.  

Unlike any time in America's history, today's homeless are primarily women, children, and families. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of today's homeless are not the people seen on the street, but those without a place to live due to unforeseen life circumstances.
HomeAid Northern California primarily focuses on the "Invisible Homeless" who are without a place to live due to unforeseen life circumstances. Unlike any time in America's history, today's transitionally homeless are primarily women, children, and families. A few examples of who we serve are:
  • Parents who had to choose between paying the rent and paying for a daughter's medicine.
  • Mothers who removed their children from abusive fathers.
  • Parents who lost their job because a manufacturer closed a plant.
  • Pregnant teens who were thrown out by angry parents.
  • Victims of natural disasters and other catastrophes.
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 current 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.
  • In the nation, the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night was 650,000
  • A total of 79,000 family households including 242,000 persons in families experienced homelessness on a single night.
  • The number of homeless persons in families has increased by 20 percent from 2007 to 2010, and families currently represent a much larger share of the total sheltered population than ever before.
  • It is estimated that on any given night in America, 300,000 children are homeless.
  • California has the highest homeless population in the nation.
  • In California on any given night, 360,000 homeless individuals sleep on the streets or in shelters.
  • Families constitute about one third of all homeless and are the fastest-growing group of homeless.
  • In a 50-city survey, the number of homeless people greatly exceeded the number of emergency shelter and transitional housing spaces.
  • One in 50 children is homeless in the country.
  • Domestic violence is one of the most frequently stated causes of homelessness for families.
  • The Veterans Administration estimates that nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.