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Why Are People Homeless?



Why Are They Homeless? Yikes! Could I ever become homeless?

Poverty. 419,000 people live in poverty in Dallas County.

Lack of Affordable Housing. In the United States 8.3 million households are defined as having “worst case housing needs.”  In the Garland area, on average, one must earn $23.65 per hour to afford an average 2-bedroom apartment. This person would have to work 107 hours per week at minimum wage to afford an average 2-bedroom apartment.

Addiction/substance abuse. Reliable studies show that 40 million Americans are addicts, and another 80 million are risky users.

Mental illness. 44 million Americans experience mental illness every year.

Social network breakdown.  Most of us will never become homeless because we would lean on our network of social connections. Our families, friends and social groups would be there for us to call on.  Homelessness occurs when this network of social connections breaks down (or was poor to start with) and can no longer be activated.

BEYOND THE SIGN

HAVE YOU SEEN IT?

The sign a person holds up at the corner of an intersection.

 - Hungry, need help.
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Homeless Vet, out of work, need money and prayer.
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Wife and dog kidnapped by Ninja’s…need $$ for Kung Fu lessons…I’d really like that dog back.  

 

The reality is those cardboard messages are in fact a sign of something deeper.

According to a recent Baylor University study, “People don’t become homeless when they run out of money, at least not right away. They become homeless when they run out of relationships.”


Whether the signs are true – there are real people in real need of relationships and blessings...practical, physical, relational, emotional, and spiritual.

Be that person who blesses!

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According to a recent Baylor University study, “People don’t become homeless when they run out of money, at least not right away. They become homeless when they run out of relationships.”

Whether the signs are true – there are real people in real need of relationships and blessings...practical, physical, relational, emotional, and spiritual.

Here is just one way you can be that person who blesses.