Tents-4-Homeless addresses the critical need to protect homeless people from inclement weather and to offer a temporary night-time place of refuge by providing durable, light-weight, weather-resistant tents and sleeping bags to homeless women, men and children not in emergency shelters.
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.
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.
The U.S. Senate took a vote on protecting LGBT homeless youth from discrimination. During the Senate’s consideration of human trafficking legislation, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) offered the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) as an amendment. Read More