Los Angeles County's homeless population is escalating. For the past three years, the percentage of those without a home has risen. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, in 2019, approximately 50,000 to 60,000 persons may be found homeless on any given night in Los Angeles County, more than 44,000 of them on the streets. Youth, from minors through age 24, make up 8,915 of the county's homeless population (8,072 in 2018).
L.A. now has the most chronically homeless people in America.
The issue of homelessness is a complex one: There are those who are without a home due to drug and alcohol addiction; there are vets who are suffering from PTSD and struggle to cope in a normal society after the horrors they have witnessed; there are those who have mental illness and there isn't the help available to them; and there are those who fell on tough times given we no longer live in a world where there is job security -- the majority of us are all one paycheck away from being out on the streets.
With no solution on the horizon and the crisis growing, all each and every one of us can do, is to extend kindness to people who have nothing, whose soul and hearts are broken after having to endure so very, very much.
While we can't provide the thing those on the streets need the most - a home - we can do little things to make a difference. Hot, healthy meals, care packages, and kindness go some way towards instilling hope.
Join us in making a difference and help those without a home reclaim their dignity.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
For people living on the streets, maintaining personal hygiene is a near-impossible task. Imagine being a woman and getting your period and you're penniless, dirty from sleeping on filthy concrete pavements, and access to a shower is limited, at best? Even finding a public restroom presents a challenge.
For the past two years, we have created care packages tailored to the immediate needs of those unhoused.
Women's care packages include underwear, tampons, feminine wipes, hand sanitizers, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, facial cleansers, face cream, socks, deodorant, and something sweet like lip gloss to make them feel like a woman again.
Men's care packages feature soap, underwear, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, and combs.
In winter, all packages contain scarved, gloves, and beanies.
If clothes are donated, they are distributed, too.
FRESH, HEALTHY MEALS
People living on the streets don't have the luxury of eating fresh, healthy cooked meals. Many resort to scrambling for food out of dumpsters and rubbish bins. A good day for someone without a home is one a kind-hearted stranger buys them a sandwich.It is inhumane for a person to forage for their food out a bin.We have been able to provide 80- 100 meals weekly, hitting the streets to deliver them personally in environmentally-friendly containers.
Over the course of the past six months, we have seen the food go at quicker rates and the need for more food to feed the hungry rise.
We need your to help to expand and get more food to those who really need it. It is often their own decent meal in weeks.
Through a simple hug, or listening to their stories, we are attempting to bridge the divide between those with a home, and those without one.