Extreme poverty is the strongest predictor of homelessness for families.
Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. 43.1 million – Americans live below the poverty level – 549,000 – Americans are homeless on a typical night – 42 million – Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger – 1 in 5 – children in the U.S. live in poverty. Here at home in St Clair Missouri, The SafeKids Program and Food For Franklin County found an Angel. Angel Reed runs A Lil This N’ A Lil That in St Clair and makes blessing people a daily activity. 5 Semi Truck Loads of food were donated to SafeKids of Franklin County and Angel utilized her many connections to get that food to families all over the county. Giving all the glory to God, “Angel certainly has the right name” commented Mark Moebius President of Jireh Ministries. “She was able to get food into the hands of our neighbors, who need it most.” Moebius went on to say “this is our commission as Christians, feed the hungry, help the homeless and show the love of Christ. Angel and our communnity of friends, made it easy to do just that”.
What are the risk factors for homelessness in children and youth?
- Extreme poverty is the strongest predictor of homelessness for families. These families are often forced to choose between housing and other necessities for their survival. At least 11% of American children living in poverty are homeless.
- Female-headed households (particularly by women with limited education and job skills) are also particularly vulnerable. The current economic climate has made the labor market even less hospitable as many of them do not have more than a high school diploma or GED.
- Teen parents are also particularly at risk of homelessness as they often lack the education and income of adults who become parents.
- Lack of affordable housing is also a risk factor for homelessness, particularly for families who devote more than 50% of household income to paying rent or those who experience a foreclosure. Foreclosures affect vulnerable tenants as well as homeowners who are delinquent in their mortgage payments.
- Substance abusing or physically violent parents and stepparents are the major drivers of homelessness in runaway youth.
Many families in Franklin County are getting much needed relief for signing up for the countywide CheckPoint Service. Anyone can sign up as an individual or Family and get assistance. The Pre-Launch sign-up for 2019 is already underway. Sign up is located at www.CheckPointConnect.com
A Lil This N’ A Lil That
1110 N Commercial, just down from savealot
St Clair Mo 63077