"See more clearly when you are informed"
Here IYC hopes to shine a spotlight on the often most forgotten members of our society, the unhoused. With over half a million and growing individuals shelterless in the United States this conversation is starting to take center stage in our politics. Below you will find key terms, statistics, and other useful tools to understand and talk about Homelessness. If you would like to know more, consider coming to an IYC event. Our next one can be found below in the section labeled Our Events. We host them virtually, on a wide range of topics, discussing policy, civics, and current events.
Key Terms You Should Know
Home vs House:
Home is where you live and where you have an emotional attachment; homelessness is a misnomer; unhoused or houseless is a more accurate.
Not having a secure shelter due to various factors like low income, high housing costs, unstable neighborhoods, etc.
Refers to the lack of physical shelter, even temporarily. 'Homeless' implies a lack of permanent housing.
Features implemented into city and town planning designed to deter homeless people from sleeping in that location.
Permanent Supportive Housing:
An alternative solution to end homelessness that focuses on accessible permanent housing and coordinated services such as financial assistance and mental health treatment.
Moments In History
1640 - The first recorded instance of homelessness in the land that is now the U.S.
1965 - Department of Urban Development (HUD) created to provide public housing under Johnson's Great Society Plan.
2022 - The Federal Strategic Plan All In is created, laying out a strategy for everyone having access to a home.
1955 - Release of Lady & The Tramp, providing a 'positive' representation of homelessness for children.
2020 - COVID-19 pandemic creates instability and oversaturation of an already failing system.
Cost of incarceration for homeless people in FL
Cost of a $15/hr full-time job
Likelihood that a person
who is homeless will be a
crime victim compared to a
# of Homeless
in the United States
# of Homeless Children
in New York City
Approximate percent of people in homeless shelters or unsheltered who held a job in the same year they were homeless
Top 3 Causes
#1 Lack of affordable housing
#3 Mental illness
Craftivism Event Video
As you make your own scarf, you will learn more about the issue of homelessness. You can follow the instructions to make a version of this craft with your own supplies. No experience necessary. You can also make an event out of it yourself by hosting your own Craftivism: Homelessness Discussion Party. Feel free to share this video with others! (Not for commercial use)
Volunteer and donate items that centers need (call ahead for maximum impact!).
Research local candidates and their positions on funding homeless services and affordable housing.
Commit to a weekly act to help raise awareness about the unhoused.
Help a homeless person today!
Share our Homelessness Infographic with friends, family, and anyone and everyone you think would appreciate becoming more informed!