Helpful Avenues For Homelessness

Helpful Avenues For Homelessness

Google’s definition of helpful is:help·ful/ˈhelpfəl/adjective: helpfulgiving or ready to give help.”people are friendly and helpful”Here are helpful resources for New Yorkers:Help For Homeless FamiliesHomeless: Family Services Information from the...
Misconceptions of Homelessness

Misconceptions of Homelessness

At Backpacks for the Street, we feel strongly that homelessness does not define an individual. Before anything else, that person is a human being. A human with dreams. Skills. Compassion.While this is our stance, it’s undeniable that stereotypes about homelessness...
We Do NOT Smell!

We Do NOT Smell!

I overheard this on the subway today:Homeless people smell like urine, are dirty and do not take care of themselves.- Uneducated person When I was homeless the most offensive comment ever said to me was:  “wow, you don’t smell like you’re...
Difficulties With Nutrition

Difficulties With Nutrition

“Access to food is a basic human need and a fundamental right.” —American Dietetic Association Homeless shelters and soup kitchens – social institutions prevalent in most major cities across the USA – serve as the primary food source for the majority of homeless...
Hypothermia and Homelessness

Hypothermia and Homelessness

Cold weather poses a threat to those experiencing homelessness even when temperatures seem mild. Hypothermia can set in when temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but many shelters don’t open until it’s much colder. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that...

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