The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to housing and to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, or disability. According to the United Nations, globally there are 100 million homeless people. As many as 2.5 million to 3.5 million Americans are homeless over the course of a year, including about 1.4 million children. One out of every three homeless people in the United States is living in an unsheltered location. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, five to seven percent of American youths become homeless in any given year.
The Tents-4-Homeless project does not address the root causes of homelessness -- rapid economic globalization, increasing trends towards privatization and land speculation, lack of job training programs, lack of affordable housing options, poverty and mental illness. The Resources menu bar on the right lists many organizations working on structural changes to end homelessness.
Our efforts are aimed at addressing the pressing need of homeless people for a basic shelter to protect themselves from the rain or cold nights when emergency housing in a shelter program is not available. You can help by donating a tent or sleeping bag, or by making a donation so that tents4homeless may acquire and distribute tents and sleeping bags on your behalf.
Decent, safe and affordable housing is a fundamental human right. We have an obligation to ensure the housing needs of all are met, especially poor and vulnerable people and their families.
Our goal: 1,000 tents for the homeless
Los Angeles has the second largest unsheltered homeless population in the United States. According to the homeless street count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (“LAHSA”) in May 2016, there are almost 46,874 people currently experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County; compared with the previous year, that represents an increase of 2,515 people or 5.7% from 2015 (44,359). Of those counted by LAHSA, 74% were unsheltered. The leading factor contributing to this approximately 6% increase seems to be a severe shortage of affordable housing. The soaring rent has driven up the homeless population, forcing people to live outdoors in tents, shanties, cars and RVs, if they can possess one. The situation has escalated to the point that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved to declare homelessness a statewide emergency in August. That same month, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ask the Governor to declare homelessness a statewide emergency.[Read More...]
Amid growing concern about the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is set to meet with local elected officials about the issue.[Read More...]