World Homeless Day

World Homeless Day logo

 

Article by Amber Mitchell, Intern

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World Homeless Day

World Homeless Day is an annual international event that occurs on the 10th of October to observe and spread awareness surrounding homelessness (World Homeless Day, n.d.). According to HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in 2018, there were roughly 553,000 experiencing homelessness in the United States. Of that, more than 56,000 families with children were experiencing homelessness (HUD, 2018). In Georgia, although there was a decrease, there were still an estimated 6,943 people experiencing homelessness (HUD, 2018).

Did you know that Chatham County is the 2nd most homeless-populated area in Georgia? In fact, during the 2019 point-in-time count, 686 people were identified as homeless in Chatham County (Homeless Authority, 2019). World Homeless Day is a time to reflect on homelessness in our community, its causes, and how to make a difference. There are many ways to get involved! Union Mission partners with people to end and prevent their homelessness through housing and supportive services. And we need your help! Volunteering, donating, and advocating are ways to support our clients and our work in the homeless community. Partner with us today, and make a difference! #worldhomelessday

References

Homeless Authority. (2019). About Homelessness. Retrieved from https://www.homelessauthority.org/about-homelessness/

HUD. (2018). The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. Retrieved from https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2018-AHAR-Part-1.pdf

World Homeless Day. (n.d.). History. Retrieved from http://www.worldhomelessday.org/

Help Provide a Fresh Start

Your donation can help someone rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind. Your gift today can change lives and provide hope for a better tomorrow.

 

August’s edition of Brews & Views featuring Union Mission

August’s edition of Brews & Views featuring Union Mission

From left ot right: Amy Paige Condon, Adam Van Brimmer, Julie Wade, Martin Fretty, Harold Tessendorf, and Josua Rine during Wednesday’s Brews & Views panel on affordable housing at El Coyote Oyster Bar

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BREWS & VIEWS: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SAVANNAH

Union Mission’s Director of Operations, Josua Rine, spoke on the the importance of affordable housing at Augest’s edition of Brews & Views.

“Affordable housing is not a challege that is isolated in Savannah and there’s a lot of other communities and it’s incumbent on us as a community to begin to peel back what it will take to make Savannah a high-performing community in the eyes of the government and  go out there.”- Josua Rine

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Simply Grateful: Steve’s Story

Simply Grateful: Steve’s Story

Photo of Steve

 

Article by Amber Mitchell, Intern

STORIES OF SUCCESS

Simply Grateful: Steve’s Story

Steve traveled as a carpenter before coming to Savannah in 2007, where he began to face challenges with alcohol. His increased drinking eventually led to an incident in which he broke his ankle. Unable to work with a cast on his foot and crutches in tow, he became homeless. It was especially difficult as he could not easily maneuver to organizations offering free-meals and sometimes went days without food.

“I was probably closer to dying than I care to admit”

He sought help at the Salvation Army and graduated from their Work Therapy Rehabilitation Program to help with his addiction. This was a short-lived victory as Steve eventually returned to a life of alcoholism and homelessness. He was referred to Union Mission’s Grace House for assistance however he was unable to maintain the sobriety needed to be successful. Steve found himself homeless yet again.

“I definitely hit my bottom…rock bottom. No ID, no job, nowhere to live, broken ankle, living in the park, living with a bunch of other alcoholics, dirty, wearing the same clothes for 2-3 weeks. A real dark spot in my life.”

Steve arrived back to Grace House ready for a change. By partnering with the staff at Grace House, he has been successful in his recovery, becoming sober, obtaining employment, saving money, attending AA, and reconnecting with family. He believes that having a strong support system along with the power of prayer have been key components in his recovery. Union Mission is grateful to partner with individuals like Steve to help end his homelessness through housing and supportive services.

Help Provide a Fresh Start

Your donation can help someone just like Steve rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind. Your gift today can change lives and provide hope for a better tomorrow.

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

Michael Traynor | Board Chair

CHAIRMAN’S COLUMN

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

 

The June 2019 issue of the Beacon magazine,  a  quarterly  publication   of Savannah Morning News, was dedicated to shining a light on the Coastal Empire’s challenges with affordable housing and homelessness. The magazine had in-depth coverage on topics ranging from housing prices and income to mental illness and living wages.

We live in a beautiful place termed a “Destination City” that is diverse with a thriving economy. However, some would argue that Savannah is in a crisis stage with 44% of its residents not being able to find affordable housing.

According to the Chatham County Housing Coalition, the fair market rent for a 2-bedroom in good condition is $996/month. An individual would need to make an annual household income of $39,840 to avoid a cost burden. At the current minimum wage in Georgia, that would take and individual 106 hours per week to afford rent. The numbers don’t add up (see chart below).

While our community is having a con- versation about affordable housing, the reality is people are experiencing home- lessness due to the lack of adequate supply. There are 35 homeless camps serving 250 individuals experiencing homelessness and unfortunately, Sa- vannah has a limited amount of shelter beds to accommodate the high demand.

As a response to  the  current  lev-  els of homelessness, Union Mission partners with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services. In 2018, we served: 286 clients in our Emergency Services Program, delivered Commu- nity Mental Health Services to 132 individuals, and provided stable hous- ing for 277 residents in our Permanent Supportive Housing Programs.

This is why the work of Union Mission is so critical in our community and the people that we serve. I am proud to Chair the Board of Directors at Union Mission and advocate on behalf of all those trying to transform their lives and re-enter into the workforce.

I  welcome  your   comments   on  this article and/or the most recent edition of Beacon  magazine. You can find an online version at www.savannahmorningnews.com/beacon 

UNION MISSION PARTNERS WITH THE SAVANNAH BANANAS

UNION MISSION PARTNERS WITH THE SAVANNAH BANANAS

Union Mission Executive Director, Patricia Youngquist and Marketing Coordinator, Emily Bressler

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UNION MISSION PARTNERS WITH THE SAVANNAH BANANAS

The Savannah Bananas hosted Union Mission as their featured non- profit this past June. This partnership allowed Union Mission the opportunity to earn a portion of all ticket sales. “We enjoyed talking with community members about Union Mission and our staff had fun with attendees participating in our ‘raffle pong’ game,” said Executive Director, Patricia Youngquist. “Thanks to the community’s continued support, Union Mission was able to generate $1,100 from ticket sales, raffle and donations.”

GIVE WITH CONFIDENCE

Union Mission is a registered 501(C)3 non-profit organization. 85¢ of every dollar donated is used for housing and supportive services that help partner with people to end their homelessness.