Hunger and homelessness are widespread issues that affect millions of people across the United States and even more throughout the world. November 10-18 is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. We want to draw attention to some of the issues that people in our communities face and how the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus (Y-SHC) is helping to eliminate homelessness and food insecurity in Des Moines.
More than 8% of all homeless persons are veterans.
The Y-SHC provides homes for 140 people. 32% of those individuals are veterans.
1 in 8 Americans live on incomes that put them at risk for hunger.
Food, clothing, and hygiene pantries at the campus provide basic human needs for the 90% of residents who often come directly from homelessness and food insecurity.
Over 43 million Americans live below the poverty level.
Having affordable housing at the Y-SHC helps residents to move into a permanent home with wraparound onsite supportive services. From there, we’re able to help people meet basic needs and reach life goals through intentional community and a sense of belonging.
Nearly 13,000 Iowans experienced homelessness in 2017.
Our residents at the Y-SHC live with us for an average of 506 days, all the while receiving services that provide them with hope, dignity, and support throughout their stay.
Food insecurity exists in every single county and congressional district in the United States.
Due to the generous donations of community members and businesses, we are able to provide residents with food, clothing, and hygiene items to help them build a warm, individualized, and secure place to live.
Every holiday season, the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus provides a gift to each of their 140 residents so they can feel the hope and support of the Y-SHC community. This year for their Home for the Holidays drive, the Y-SHC wants to give their residents a pair of socks and a can of soup in addition to their holiday gift. Would you be willing to provide a small gift of hope, dignity and support to our residents this holiday season? Drop off socks and soup at your local branch between November 22 and December 7.