10 Facts about Homeless- According to Huffington Post

  1. Over half a million people are homeless
  2. One quarter of homeless people are children
  3. Tens of thousands of veterans are homeless
  4. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women
  5. Many people are homeless because they cannot afford rent
  6. There are fewer places for poor people to rent than before
  7. In the last few years millions have lost their homes
  8. The government does not help as much as you think
  9. One in five homeless people suffers from untreated severe mental illness
  10. Cities are increasingly making homelessness a crime


Facts from Huffington Post blog post: 10 Facts about Homelessness 


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Interview with Empowerhouse

What concerns you most about people in the community who are impacted by homelessness?

With my domestic violence focus, I am of course concerned for their safety if they decide to return to the abuser to avoid homelessness. And safety in general—no one is very safe living on the street or even in hotels.

Why do you think this issue has developed?

For survivors it occurs because they have to leave to remain safe or even alive and then they cannot immediately support themselves as they may not have worked for many years as some mothers do not, or they may have no car, no job at the time of the incident, no car and many other reasons.

For others financial situations, cost of living, lack of affordable housing, limited or no job opportunities, etc.

What are the main challenges we face in dealing with this problem?

Affordable housing, transportation

What could be done to address or improve living situations for these people in need?

Affordable housing and programs like our communities Rapid Re-housing program

What might be the downsides of these actions?

Not enough resources for all who need them

What could be done to help those already affected by the issue?

Affordable housing and programs like our communities Rapid Re-housing program

What might be the downsides of these actions?

Not enough resources for all who need them

What other thoughts about this issue would you like to offer?

If communities pulled together—agencies like ours, churches, social services, businesses etc they can be more successful in ending homelessness—our community is on the right track

What aspect of homelessness due to domestic abuse or homelessness in general does the public most need to talk about?

That we all need to be concerned as it affects not only the homeless but the community as a whole. If we all do our part or even a little bit it makes a bigger impact.

Directly related to domestic violence—SAFETY must be a top concern—if they have no-where to go and especially if they have children they will very likely return to abuse.

Survey Results

Here are the results from survey we sent out:

Question 1:


Out of 57 respondents, 9 said they were not a member of the Fredericksburg Community

Question 2:


Out of the 9 respondents who said they were not a part of the Fredericksburg community, 3 responded “somewhat frequently”, 3 responded “not very frequently” and 3 responded “unsure”.

Question 3:


Out of the 9 respondents who said they were not a part of the Fredericksburg community, 8 responded “yes” and 1 responded “unsure”.

Question 4:


Question 5:


Out of the 9 respondents who said they were not a part of the Fredericksburg community, 5 responded “men”, 2 responded “women” and 2 responded “unsure”.

Question 6:


Out of the 9 respondents who said they were not a part of the Fredericksburg community, 7 responded “urban” and 2 responded “unsure”.

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Question 8:



Calvary Chapel helps the community

Just wanted to share some information about what the local Fredericksburg community is doing to help out the homeless people of Fredericksburg! Calvary Chapel of Fredericksburg is helping to feed those who do not have a home or money to give themselves a full Thanksgiving meal. Stay thankful on this beautiful Thanksgiving day! Every little effort helps.

Post from their page:

“Sign up to participate in feeding the local homeless community here at CCFred on Thanksgiving Day, as well as ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are opportunities to prepare food, set-up, serve, clean-up, and provide toiletry bags for individuals to take. See the Display in the Fellowship Hall for Sign ups!”



Thanksgiving Banquet for the Local Homeless