Many corporations, states and foundations are addressing the care for the homeless. In the state of Connecticut, a charitable trust offers a grant addressing the issue of homelessness, with an ongoing deadline. A charitable trust, is "the arrangement by which real or personal property given by one person is held by another to be used for the benefit of a class of persons or the general public." The trust is looking to fund nonprofit organizations with a goal of ending the cycle of poverty. The Trust is looking for programs that include affordable housing, housing advocacy and policy development. Support for special projects, including technical assistance for those looking to help are also included in the grants.
Through such programs, the homeless will have an opportunity to increase their literacy skills, educational achievement and receive behavioral health counseling. Programs for the homeless should include work force development, financial education and the prevention of violence within the homeless community.
In a review of the many homelessness grants offered to nonprofits and small business we have found simillarities among what grant makers want to fund.
- Provision of safe, accessible and affordable housing.
- Providing a source of income - through job training, technical schools and general education. A steady stream of income is essential for individual and family independence.
- Political teamwork and a will to truly help are essential.
- Social services - that include trauma and mental health services, family support, childcare, transportation and general health care.
- Community involvement - everyone needs to pitch in. Individual citizens, corporations, the federal government and philanthropists. Groups of people joining together to move mountains.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there are an estimated 600,000 individual people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. Of those 600,000, approximately 200,000 are families that find themselves on the streets. Just over 84,000 people are considered chronically homeless. This means that the individual has experienced homelessness for a year or longer.
The burden is also impacting taxpayers. A study done in Central Florida has concluded that the average Florida resident contributes to the $30,000 cost per chronic homeless person, for every year they are living on the street. The same study concluded that it would cost taxpayers just over $10,000 per homeless person living in a permanent home with access to job training and health care.
GrantWatch.com currently displays about 439 homeless foundation and government grants for nonprofits and small businesses. The search tools available to paid subscribers are invaluable to those looking to make a difference in others’ lives.