According to one estimate, nearly 570,000 people nationwide were homeless on a night in 2019.
It is estimated that over 3,000 people sleep outside every night in Seattle.
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content April 10, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.
Man Sentenced 4 Years for Poisoning 8 California Homeless People, By Associated Press, Wire Service Content April 9, 2021, at 9:48 p.m.
No Address, No ID, and Struggling to Get Their Stimulus Checks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is easy to walk past the homeless, to disregard the guy lying on the street, or ignore the woman standing at an intersection holding a handwritten sign with a plea for help.
It’s harder to look away when you’ve seen their eyes.
Look past lines drawn by hard living or the still-soft skin of someone young but struggling to break the cycle of dependency or abuse.
Their eyes hint at lost promise or offer a glimmer of hope. Some are haunting, some placid. Others troubled or masking troubles. Some are warm and tender, others tough and anxious.
Have YOU ever looked into the eyes of someone who is homeless? Maybe not the eyes, but have you ever stopped to consider who was homeless.
Tom Barnett, Director of Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness looks beyond the apparent, into housing policies, procedures, and practices.
The office to Prevent and End Homelessness, part of Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development, manages and coordinates services to help people experiencing homelessness regain housing stability, including street outreach, emergency shelters, hypothermia prevention, and supportive housing. The agency also serves as the lead for the Continuum of Care and collaborates with other county agencies, nonprofits, faith and business communities, and those with lived experience of homelessness to achieve the vision that every person in the community can access and maintain safe and affordable housing.
Take a listen below and learn.Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.