The theme of January and February is understanding homelessness. Homelessness is a complex issue with many underlying factors. People experiencing homelessness are diverse, and one person’s reasons for living on the streets is not the same as another’s. The next two months are dedicated to educating ourselves and others on the issue of homelessness, and helping those experiencing this condition. 

  • Understanding the issue
    • Research the economic and social factors that contribute to homelessness in your country, or even globally
    • Take some time and try watching documentaries or interviews that focus on the homeless population and their perspectives
    • Look at your local area and find statistics on the local homeless population, and try to find local factors that contribute to the issue
  • Helping when you can
    • Make care kits that you can hand out to those in need. These can contain food, water, medical supplies, and even money or gift cards
    • Look into your local homelessness programs. Are there any organizations that advocate for those without stable living conditions? You can support these organizations by donating to them, or simply sharing their social media posts
    • If you are comfortable talking to strangers, try offering to buy a meal for someone experiencing homelessness 
  • Volunteering
    • Many shelters for homeless people have lists of items they are in need of, such as food, toiletries, and feminine products. Some shelters prefer cash to buy items in bulk, so check your local shelter before collecting items for them
    • If your area does not have Covid restrictions, try volunteering at a shelter or soup kitchen. Nonprofits especially have small budgets, and need volunteers to function.
    • Become an advocate for the homeless population near you. Join an advocacy group or start your own, and ask your lawmakers to set aside resources for local organizations that fight homelessness


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