You Can Help To Stop Homelessness In The East Bay. Here’s how
By Pleasant Hill times
Did you know that over 8,000 people will experience homelessness in the East Bay this year?
Homelessness doesn’t just mean people who have been living on the streets of the East Bay for long periods of time, it affects everyone.
Hike For SHELTER
The annual Hike for SHELTER will raise funds for SHELTER, a Contra Costa based non-profit which has been in the business of fighting homelessness in the East Bay since 1986.
Besides helping homeless people to get off the street, SHELTER also provides affordable housing options for low income families and helps to meet basic needs like food, clothing and so much more.
White Collar Homelessness
Christopher Gardener, author of the well-known book The Pursuit of Happyness introduced the term “white collar homelessness” to the world in an effort to point out the fact that homelessness doesn’t just affect people of certain ages or races, it can affect anyone.
Approximately 12 percent of homeless were fully employed back in 2007 (prior to the official start of the current recession), according to Gardner. And statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that over a five-year period, roughly 5-8 million people (about 2-3 percent of the U.S. population) will experience at least one night of homelessness.
In 2014 there are many people who are struggling with homelessness across the East Bay and the United States due to job losses, foreclosures or economic problems, and children often suffer the hardest.
The good news is that you can make a difference in stopping the spread of homelessness in the East Bay by attending the 5th Annual Hike for SHELTER on Sunday October 19th 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
There will be three hikes available so it doesn’t matter what fitness level you are currently at you can make a difference by getting involved with the Hike for SHELTER and help to stop homelessness.
To learn more about the 5th Annual Hike for SHELTER click here.
Learn More about the East Bay
For more information about life in the East bay or to view homes for sale in the area contact us today by calling (925) 300-8000 or click here.