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HomeAid Launches Homelessness Awareness Month with Series of Events

Thursday, October 29, 2015 / HomeAid America

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NEWPORT BEACH, CA – HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, is spending the entire month of November holding events and undertaking activities to highlight and help to end homelessness in this country. The annual event is called HomeAid’s Homlessness Awareness Month. 

“Despite economic improvement the past few years, homelessness remains a huge problem in this country,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America, the national charity that was founded 26 years ago as a way for the building industry to give back to the community by addressing the issue of homelessness.  According to the National Law Center on Homelessness, every year alone over 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness, and well over 1 million of them are children.  The causes of homelessness are many, including job loss, medical crisis, domestic abuse, alcohol or drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome in veterans.  It is estimated that 80% of the homeless are only situational and can be moved back to self-sufficiency. 

“For the richest country in the world to allow so many to go unfed and unsheltered is a national tragedy, and one we can do something about,” said Simons.  “HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month is a time to focus on this problem, have a genuine discussion about solutions, and take action to get this situation fixed for once and for all.” 

All HomeAid’s active chapters will be holding events to highlight HAW this month.  They include: 

  • Nov 2—HA Inland Empire will cook and serve dinner at the Corona Norco Rescue Mission (also on the 9th and 11th)
  • Nov 3—HA San Diego will hold a shelter sandwich drive for “National Sandwich Day”
  • Nov 7—HA Southern Nevada will hold One Run Las Vegas
  • Nov 7—HA Northern Virginia will be holding a Toy Drive
  • Nov 9—HA Colorado will hold a Professional Women in Building Clothing Drive
  • Nov 12—HA Atlanta will celebrate Georgia Gives Day with an Appreciation Luncheon
  • Nov 13—HA Northern California will hold a toy drive with the PASS group
  • Nov 13—HA Orange County will assemble sack lunches for homeless emergency shelters
  • Nov 19—HA Sacramento will culminate a 2 week blanket drive
  • Nov 21—HA Portland with conduct at Care Kits drive at the Builders Ball 
For a complete listing of HomeAid HHAW events, visit www.homeaid.org 

ABOUT HOMEAID AMERICA 

HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed over 410 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $200 million, of which nearly fifty percent has been donated by the building industry.  Nearly 225,000 people have been sheltered by these housing projects over the past 26 years.  HomeAid currently has over 50 additional projects in development across the country through HomeAid’s network of 17 chapters in 12 states. For more information about HomeAid, call 1 888 3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.

 



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