Programs For Homeless People
Homelessness has been an increasing challenge for the US and Canadian governments. Hence, all hands must be on deck to ensure that the rights and dignity of homeless people are always defended. Homeless people’s vulnerability and risk profile are increasing amidst deepening inequalities, multi-level and multi-dimensional poverty. Approximately 17 people per 10,000 experience homelessness each day: https://www.hudexchange.info/news/hud-releases-2020-annual-homeless-assessment-report-part-1/
The coronavirus and the adverse impacts of climate change have galvanized the mortality and morbidity of homeless people worldwide. For example, roughly 13,000 homeless people die in the United States: https://nationalhomeless.org/issues/economic-justice/ Homeless people are faced with a lack of employment opportunities, violence, and abuses, including human rights violations on daily bases.
Homelessness continues to throw young people into poverty and criminalities with resultant risks of imprisonment physical injuries, amongst others. For example, 6.89% of homeless persons are 24 years old or more in the United States alone. Over 70 percent of homeless persons in the United States are young adults below 50: https://homelesslaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Wrongs_to_Rights_HBOR.pdf Homeless people have an average life expectancy of 50 years: https://nationalhomeless.org/issues/economic-justice/.
The story remains the same in Canada as nearly 5 million people– that’s 1:7 people currently live in poverty. However, vulnerable groups such as people living with disabilities, elderly individuals, youth, and racialized communities are more susceptible. Estimates place the number of homeless individuals living with a disability or mental illness as high as 45 percent of the overall homeless population.
Indigenous Peoples (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples) are overrepresented among the homeless population in virtually all urban centers in Canada. 28% – 34% of shelter users are Indigenous. Canadians without poverty: https://cwp-csp.ca/poverty/just-the-facts/
WE GO TO THEM IF THEY CAN’T COME TO US
This is a GCVSI approach and commitment to feeding homeless people in the US and Canada. GCVSI volunteers and staff move to strategic homeless shelters to feed and clothe homeless people. We go to strategic places where homeless people often find little or no protection from extreme weather conditions, especially during the winter season, such as subway stations (metro stations), to provide them some basic supplies such as food, clothing, personal hygiene materials, and warm covers.
GCVSI COMMUNITY FOOD AND SUPPORT CENTERS
GCVSI plans to operate local community food pantries and support centers for homeless people. Homeless people will be registered, and supplies will be made available monthly.
GCVSI WINTER HOMELESS SHETER
GCVSI long term plan is to establish a shelter for homeless people to support homeless people during very extreme weather conditions. The coronavirus pandemic has further heightened the daily challenges homeless people face and the public health risk of neglecting such people. The shelter will provide a temporary living space for the victims while supporting them in their job search and rehabilitation.
CAPACITY BUILDING TRAING AND EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION
GCVSI is vital in connecting homeless people to local government agencies and employment service centers for job placements and further support. GCVSI continues to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to improve the living conditions of homeless people in society. GCVSI strengthens the social connections and inclusiveness of homeless people through our legal councils in the event of violating their human rights.