The number of homeless individuals in our community appears to be holding steady yet subject to increase due to rising unemployment, evictions and home foreclosures. However, the face of homelessness has changed over the years and according to The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), there was a 78% rise in family homelessness between 2008-09. In 2010, nearly 40% of our community’s homeless population were members of a homeless family.

Homelessness bites for central Indiana families. It’s unfortunate that many of those affected by homelessness are women and children who are escaping abusive and sometimes violent situations. Last month, we assisted nearly 300 children and 200 women at our Shelter for Women and Children.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be implementing some exciting new initiatives to help combat one of the issues associated with children and homelessness – childhood hunger. Our first events will kick-off with Global Youth Service Day – April 15-17 and culminate with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 14-20. With over 17 million children in the US living at risk of hunger, we know this is an important issue. Hopefully, with so many of our homeless population being children, we can at least educate them to be able to lead more healthy and productive lives.

Check back soon for more details on how you can get involved.