Homelessness is one of our nation's most misunderstood and vexing social problems. The face of homelessness has drastically changed throughout the years. Because thousands of individuals from public psychiatric hospitals were discharged in the 1980's, many without a home to go to, the popular misconception arose that all homeless people were mentally ill or suffered from drug or alochol addiction. More often than not, homeless people were portrayed as lazy and unclean, even "worthy" of contempt, a view that was grounded more in our own unwillingness to help rather than any sense of reality.


Today, the common view of homelessness is drastically changing as working class families, struggling to tread water in fluctuating economy, soberly face the prospect of living on the streets. More and more Americans are starting to realize that homelessness often has little to do with mental illness or drug addiction, but a series of unfortunate, and often unforeseeable, circumstances that can affect even the hardest working among us. According to one study conducted by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, approximately 3.5 million people - 1.35 million of them children - are likely to experience homelessness in any given year.


Even in the bleakest of economic climates, we are still a nation of plenty. Because we believe that everyone deserves a roof over their head at night, every Hope for the Homeless t-shirt or necklace sold will pay for one night's room and board for a homeless individual in your area.




Understand the Issues: Educate youself, your friends, your family, and everyone around you on poverty and homelessness on a local, national, and global scale.


Treat with Respect: Sometimes something as simple as treating the homeless with respect and understanding makes the most immediate and real difference.


Stay Politically Aware: Find out how your local, state, and federal representatives stand on the issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. Support living wage laws. These laws are designed to eliminate poverty, but need your support to become public policy.




Raise Awareness: Speak up and speak out! Inform others of the issues.


Be Prepared: Prepare bags with granola mix, bottled water, etc... to hand out when you cross paths with someone in need. Can also include gift cards to local restaurants.


Monetary: Donate money to local shelters and social organizations on the front lines of serving the homeless.


Gently Used: Children that are staying in shelters need toys to play with. Donate gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, toys, books and games to these shelters.


Fundraiser: Recruit your place of business, friends, church, or other social organization to hold a fundraiser for your local shelter or social orgainzation. Talent show, concert, bake sale, craft sale, car wash, etc... Get creative!


Band: If you play in a band, use that opportunity to raise awarness and educate your audience on the issues of poverty and homelessness and share how they can get involved in making a difference.


Serve: Get out there and volunteer....it's as easy as that! Click here to find a homeless shelter in your area.



Your tax deductible donation to Hope for the Homeless will provide shelter for a person in need in your community.


As our gift to you, for each $20.00 donation (plus shipping) you can choose either of the following Hope for the Homeless t-shirts.






Or if you'd prefer to forgo the gift shirt and simply donate an amount of your choosing, click on the following button.


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