a growing crisis
Homelessness has reached a crisis point in the United States with nearly 600,000 people going to sleep every night without a roof over their heads. This problem has far reaching consequences, particularly on children and their development. In Mercer County, the average age of a homeless person is 7 years old. Homeless children are 4 times more likely to drop out of school, an act that further feeds the devastating cycle of poverty. With many states facing budget cuts, emergency aid for at-risk families has dropped in recent years. Action is desperately needed.
There are nearly 9000 homeless men, women, and children in New Jersey who must endure the numerous challenges that accompany homelessness everyday. In the majority of family cases, single mothers are consumed on a daily basis by the struggle to provide food and shelter for their children. This dilemma is unacceptable anywhere but especially in one of the most developed countries in the world, Childhood should not be a fight for survival. Homefront understands this issue and is working to end the cycle of poverty by helping families become more self-sufficient.
Founded in 1991 as an effort to provide meals and child services for homeless families living in packed and decrepit motel rooms, HomeFront has been fighting poverty in New Jersey for over 25 years. They not only provide emergency food and shelter for homeless families but also provide numerous other services including: child day care, after school programs, high school equivalency classes, job training, and rent aid.
Although they receive some grants from the government, Homefront relies on the majority of its funding from private donors and must raise enough money each year or face not being able to provide essential services to homeless and at risk families. Because of the work that they do and other charities like them, the rate of homelessness in New Jersey has dropped 41.7% from 2007 - 2015 while the national average has only fallen 11%. Homefront also has a very high grade from charity navigator and nearly 90% of all donations go directly to their programs.
To learn more about HomeFront and their work please visit: http://www.homefrontnj.org/
To DONATE please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/homeward