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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/

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