The Emmaus Center Homeless Shelter

by PJ Mullen on August 29, 2010

in August 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

Helping the homeless
Image by Ed Yourdon via Flickr

Our final nominee for the August edition of Sweatshirt Blanket’s Spread Your Warmth program in the Emmaus Center, a homeless shelter in Ellsworth, Maine.

The Emmaus Center exists to provide a safe and comfortable environment for homeless men, women and families in need of temporary shelter who are willing to work towards ending their homelessness. They are committed to helping the poor in their local communities by offering a wide range of services and referrals to anyone in need.

Homelessness is a serious problem in the United States. The most recent data we were able to obtain was the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s July 2008 3rd Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Per HUD in a single night in January 2007 reports to them showed that there were 671,888 sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons nationwide in the United States.

Also, HUD reported the number of chronically homeless people (those with repeated episodes or who have been homeless for long periods, 2007 data) as 123,833. Eighty two percent of the homeless are not chronically homeless, and 18% are (6% Chronically Homeless Sheltered, 12% Chronically Homeless Unsheltered).

Their Estimate of Sheltered Homeless Persons during a One-Year Period, October 2006 to September 2007, that about 1,589,000 persons used an emergency shelter and/or transitional housing during the 12-month period, which is about 1 in every 200 persons in the United States was in a homeless facility in that time period.

Individuals accounted for 1,115,054 or 70.2% and families numbered 473,541 or 29.8%. The number of persons in sheltered households with Children was about 130,968

Thank you to Deborah Murphy for nominating the Emmaus Center Homeless Shelter for the August edition of Sweatshirt Blanket’s Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this great organization visit their website.

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