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When someone walks through our doors at Mel Trotter Ministries, we see a person made in the image of God, worthy of dignity and respect. We want everyone to see that too. It’s important to recognize the complexity of the issue of homelessness, rather than stereotyping and making assumptions. Let’s debunk some of the most common myths and misconceptions about homelessness.

Myth 1: Homelessness is a choice.
Fact: There are many possible causes of homelessness, ranging from broken relationships, divorce, job loss, eviction, mental illness, addiction, death of a family member, physical injury or illness, lack of a community and support network, and more. Individuals experiencing homelessness each have unique stories and often do not have access to resources or support to overcome these challenges.

Myth 2: Homelessness only affects individuals who are lazy or don’t want to work.
Fact: According to the Council for The Homeless, about 40-60% of individuals experiencing homelessness are employed, but they do not earn enough wages, especially due to the current economic situation, to afford housing.

Myth 3: Homelessness is a problem that only affects certain cities or regions.
Fact: Homelessness is a nationwide issue that affects both urban and rural areas. It is estimated that over half a million people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Homelessness happens beyond the city walls, and it could be closer than you think.

Myth 4: Homelessness is a problem that cannot be solved.
Fact: Homelessness is a complex issue, but there are solutions such as affordable housing, job training, and mental health and addiction services that can help individuals experiencing homelessness get back on their feet. Your gifts and talents can change lives. Together, we can work together to end homelessness one life at a time.

Myth 5: Homelessness only affects adults.
Fact: Homelessness can affect people of all ages, including families with children. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, families make up about 30% of the homeless population each year.

Myth 6: People experiencing homelessness are dangerous and should be avoided.
Fact: Individuals experiencing homelessness are not inherently dangerous. In fact, they are often victims of violence themselves. About 90% of women who are experiencing homelessness have been victims of domestic violence.

By shining a light on the realities of this issue, we can better understand the causes of homelessness, bring awareness to our community, and work towards more effective solutions. To learn more about homelessness in your community, check out opportunities to get involved.

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