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More than 40 Million Americans live below the poverty level.

 More than 145,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night. More than 40 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger. There is a shortage of more than 7.2 million affordable & available homes for renters with the lowest incomes. To find out more go to http://nlihc.org/gap 

Bernie Sanders’ housing for all plan aims to add millions of homes, and a rent cap

Bernie Sanders Proposed A $2.5-Trillion Housing Plan

Aims to end homelessness in the U.S.

The release of Sanders’ 10-year “housing for all” plan came as President Trump is weighing federal action to address homelessness in West Coast cities. On a flight to California on Tuesday to raise money for his reelection campaign, Trump told reporters he could not let Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities “destroy themselves” by tolerating the explosion of tent encampments. He has used the issue of homelessness to disparage the deep-blue state recently, but his administration has said little publicly about its plans.

Rising rents in Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Honolulu and cities throughout California have fueled a surge in homelessness, and the dearth of shelters in mild-weather regions has made the squalor highly visible.

Sanders’ plan prioritizes establishing 25,000 housing units during his first year as president through the National Housing Trust Fund and, over the next five years, spending $32 billion in an effort to abolish homelessness. It also includes $50 billion in grants to cities and states for community land trusts that it says will “enable over 1 million households to purchase a shared equity home over the next 25 years.” The plan would invest $70 billion to modernize public housing, would cap annual rent increases at 3%, or 1.5 times the Consumer Price Index, and require developers to include affordable housing in new projects.

 “Today in America, we have well over a half a million people who are either sleeping out on the streets or are in emergency shelters. We have got to ask ourselves, what in God’s name is going on in this country when we would give over a trillion dollars in tax breaks to the top 1% and large profitable corporations, but presumably, we do not have enough money to make sure that a half a million of fellow Americans are not homeless? That is an outrage.”  

Housing, like healthcare, education and access to clean water, is a human right, Sanders says. His plan would add a “just-cause” requirement for evictions; it also calls for passage of the Equality Act to ensure LGBTQ people are protected by the Fair Housing Act. He also proposed increasing funding for the Indian Housing Block Grant Program to $3 billion to build and improve affordable housing on tribal lands. A 2017 study by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development found that in a two-year period alone, 68,000 new units were needed on those lands to replace deteriorating buildings. 2020 Democratic nomination have also proposed plans, including Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and former Housing Secretary Julián Castro. 


In North Carolina There Are 9,268 Experiencing Homelessness

As of January 2018, North Carolina had an estimated 9,268 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that Total, 897 were family households, 884 were Veterans, 478 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 1,293 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.  

San Antonio’s “Haven For Hope” 37-acre campus

San Antonio’s “Haven For Hope” is a 37-acre campus. 

Although homeless shelters are not a new concept San Antonio’s take “Haven For Hope” is a great model for the rest of the country. The organization employs a multifaceted approach, coordinating efforts between municipalities, 145 organizations, partners & community volunteers. Combined they offer more than 300 services and have been able to reduce homelessness by 15% in Bexar County one of 254 counties in Texas. Still, at any given time, 1,400 people – including 170 children – live at the shelter. Texas has over 25,000 homeless people. 

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People who become homeless rely on emergency shelters.

The vast majority of people who become homeless rely only on emergency shelters. A few days at a good shelter can be helpful, short term. However due to lack of capacity thousands of individuals are denied shelter. Most shelters do not help reconnect individuals with housing or training for employment, a few exceptions we recommend include ACAC Allied Churches of Alamance County shelter in Burlington, NC (336) 229 0881 open 24 hours a day. Another good resource is the Family Abuse Services of Alamance county at 1950 Martin St. Burlington, NC 27216 (336) 226 5982. This agency provides services and support to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. The Piedmont Rescue Mission is a men's shelter located at 1519 N. Mebane St. Burlington, NC. 27217 (336) 229 6995. They have plans to open a women's shelter in the near future. Our plan for temporary housing & training is a critical intervention that can also get the homeless off the streets, housed, trained and support them to get through the programs that will help them re-enter society. Successful completion and use of the programs and services qualifies participants for temporary shelter and assistance to achieve the American Dream of home ownership. Our plan also provides options for permanent low income housing solutions. 


Additional Resources


The Food Stamp Act

Authorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest program in the U.S. domestic hunger safety net. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the SNAP program and works with state agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with state partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Is the nation's federal special education law that ensures that public schools serve the educational needs of students with disabilities. IDEA includes specific provisions related to special education for students experiencing homelessness. Children and youth ages 3-21 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B. Infants and toddlers ages birth-2 and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA part C. www.elderlyordisabledliving.com.


Giving Back Never Felt So Good


Volunteers like you are crucial to putting and end to the homeless crisis and the daily work of Ray’s The Roof House The Homeless Foundation. You make it possible to help those in need. There are a variety of ways to get involved. Volunteer opportunities fit almost any schedule, and we accommodate both individuals and church groups, school groups. You can serve meals to the hungry, hold your own donation, clothing and food drives. 



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  •  Construction work
  •  Clerical work, phone calls




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