Here at Humanity Heroes, we’re partnering with Fresh Brothers pizzeria in West Hollywood for our first ever food fundraiser, called “Give a Pizza of Your Heart.”
For every slice of pizza you buy at Fresh Brothers, you’ll support a different homeless demographic in need of life-giving essentials.
We’re inviting everyone in the community to join in on this delicious way of giving back!
Here’s why it’s more important than ever to support the homeless in need…
Every day, about 50,000- 60,000 people experience homelessness in Los Angeles.
And many people aren’t aware of just how many different demographics suffer from homelessness, as well as the varied reasons why they find themselves without a roof over their heads.
So every month, we’re raising awareness of these different demographics and supporting them with our Humanity Packs.
What’s Inside a Humanity Pack?
Each Humanity Pack includes the daily items that the homeless people tends to go without.
They’re the things you and I take for granted on a daily basis…
Things like clean socks, a toothbrush, and soap…
And they make a world of difference to those who can’t access them.
Follow this link to get a full breakdown of every item inside our Humanity Pack.
For 2021, our goal is to help 7,000 people experiencing homelessness by distributing 1,000 Humanity Packs filled with life-giving essentials.
Check out the list of people you’ll be helping below…
- Homeless veterans Homeless youth
- Homeless LGBTQ
- Homeless families
- Homeless single mothers/pregnant escaping domestic violence
- Homeless in Skid Row
- Homeless in recuperative / rehabilitation care
And here’s a glance at the schedule…
- May 12 — Homeless Families
- June 16 — Pride Month LGBTQ+
- July 14 — Single Mothers
- August 18 — Unsheltered families living on the streets
- September 15 — Unsheltered youth currently living on the streets
- October 13 — Single, and pregnant mothers escaping domestic violence
- November 17 — Homeless Veterans
- December 15 — Homeless Youth
One important thing to note…
When you get to Fresh Brothers, make sure to say the word “Fund” when placing your order.
For more instructions and information go to this page.
We couldn’t be more excited to come together as a community around this cause!
You can share this Facebook Page to spread the word with friends and family.
By the way, you can also give back to the homeless through our 2021 Match Campaign.
In this campaign, we’ll match up to $150,00 worth of donations…
And your donation will be matched dollar for dollar.
Head HERE to learn more. fundraiser this year, we are matching up to $150,000!
Shedding Some Light on Each Homeless Demographic
Here are some stats to help you get familiar with the different segments of our homeless population…
- About 1.4 million are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 40,056 veterans are homeless on any given night.
- 11% of the homeless adult population are veterans.
- 20% of the male homeless population are veterans.
- 68% reside in principal cities.
- 32% reside in suburban/rural areas.
- 51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities.
- 50% have a serious mental illness.
- 70% have substance abuse problems.
- 57% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans.
- 50% are age 51 or older, compared to 19% non-veterans.
- In America, up to 1.6 million youth experience homelessness each year.
- Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness, and 700,000 of those are unaccompanied minors. This means they’re not a part of family or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- On any given night, approximately 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 experience homelessness.
- One in ten young adults ages 18-25, and at least one in thirty adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year.
- LGBTQ youth comprise 40% of all youth experiencing homelessness, while they are just 7% of the total youth population in the U.S.
- 62% of LGBTQ youth report being physically harmed while experiencing homelessness.
- 8% of transgendered adults experience homelessness in the past year.
- 22% of youth experiencing homelessness across 22 U.S. counties are LGBTQ.
- LGBT youth experience homelessness at higher rates than non-LGBT youth for a range of reasons. A recent study of more than 350 runaway and homeless providers throughout the United States identified four top causes for homelessness among LGBT youth: (1) family rejection resulting from sexual orientation or gender identity; (2) physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; (3) aging out of the foster care system; and (4) financial and emotional neglect.
- Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, accounting for almost 40-50% of the nation’s homeless population. Lack of affordable housing is a primary cause of homelessness in families; often one or both parents are working, but not making a livable wage. Additionally, events such as illness, unemployment, accidents and violence limit the ability to secure stable housing and affordable housing.
- Almost 60,000 families with children (57,971) are homeless on any given night in the United States, according to the 2017 federal Point-in-Time count. Nationally, that means 7.4 out of every 10,000 families are homeless.
- A typical homeless family consists of a single mother with her two young children. (The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth)
- One in thirty American children experience homelessness annually; 51% are under age five. More than 2.5 million children are homeless each year in America. (The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth)
- Family homelessness, once viewed as episodic and situational, has become chronic, with families accounting for 37% of the overall homeless population and 50% of the sheltered population. (The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth)
Homeless single mothers/pregnant escaping domestic violence
- The interrelated nature of domestic violence and homelessness is undeniable: 92% of homeless women have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives, and 63% have been victims of intimate partner violence as adults. (National Network to End Domestic Violence)
- 39% of cities cited domestic violence as the primary cause of family homelessness. (U.S. Conference of Mayors)
- Domestic violence is the immediate cause of homelessness for many women and children. 88% of families who experienced homelessness in the last five years reported that dometic violence was a major contributing factor. A. (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
Homeless in recuperative / rehabilitation care
- Since homeless individuals experience challenging economic and social conditions, homeless individuals are more likely to develop new or exacerbate existing physical health conditions and mental health disorders than their housed counterparts.
- Los Angeles County defines recuperative care as, “short-term residential care for individuals who are homeless and who are recovering from an acute illness, injury, or exacerbation of chronic illness and whose condition would be exacerbated by living on the streets, in a shelter or other unsuitable places.”
- Private hospitals report that they consider recuperative care to be an appropriate setting for patients that are physically independent but could benefit from a clean and stable environment to recover from a medical condition.
- Strong connections to the community-based systems of care serving homeless individuals can support discharge planning and relieve some stress on hospitals.
- Private hospitals recognize that the case management services provided in recuperative care are a value add for homeless patients, since they provide ongoing support connecting homeless individuals to the coordinated entry system and eventually permanent supportive housing.
- Infected homeless individuals are twice as likely to be hospitalized, two to four times as likely to require critical care, and two to three times more likely to die from COVID-19. This is due to the fact that the homeless population generally bears health risks comparable to those 15 to 20 years older (median age in Los Angeles is 46.7 years of age) and suffers from increased rates of hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer when compared to the general adult population.
- Example of a Recuperative Care program and its effectiveness: Illumination Foundation has innovated a unique program designed specifically to care for homeless patients who do not have a place to recuperate after ER or hospital discharge. This program ensures that patients will have a place to stay off of the streets to properly recover and prevent a return to the emergency room. As a result, the Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care Program greatly reduces the cost to hospitals by taking homeless clients from hospital beds and into their care. This effective model of care shows outcomes with 50% fewer readmissions within 90 days of being discharged to Recuperative Care than patients who are discharged to their own care.