Inside Out: Crisis of Homelessness

02.26.20 | Martha Manikas-Foster

It really is a great moral and humanitarian crisis,” says Linda Wright of the half a million people who are homeless in America. Wright is the Social Services Director for the Salvation Army’s Empire Division, which includes upstate New York and Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Young adults are joining the homeless at the highest rate, Wright says. Just as 18- to 24-year-olds are transitioning into adulthood, an increasing number are couch-surfing at a friend’s house or sleeping in a car or shed.

“Those young adults—young people—are really hard to wrap your arms around, because they don’t show up at a shelter or a soup kitchen or a drop-in center until it’s the last resort,” she says.

People who care can help. We can join local planning teams that help the poor, coach people on interviewing skills and resume writing, or organize regular collection drives of supplies that make life easier for the homeless.

“Everything from personal hygiene, to teddy bears for homeless children, to care drives for pots and pans, and cleaning supplies for when someone moves out of the shelter into their own place,” she says.

Learn more about the crisis--and ways to help--by choosing the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD option above.

Connect with the Salvation Army location closest to you receive assistance or volunteer to help.

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