Polar Vortex Claims 21 Deaths

Polar Vortex Claims 21 Deaths

At least 21 people have died in one of the worst cold snaps to hit the US Midwest in decades.Ninety million people – a third of the US – have seen temperatures of 0°F or below. Some 250 million Americans overall have experienced the “polar...
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...
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...
Types Of Shelters And Services

Types Of Shelters And Services

Day Shelters supplement homeless and low-income people when the shelter they are staying in only offers shelter on an overnight basis. Case management is often provided and sometimes there are laundry and shower facilities. Meals and basic hygiene may also be...
Massive Homeless Epidemic Increase

Massive Homeless Epidemic Increase

The scope of Homelessness in the United StatesOn a single night in January 2018, there were 553,742 people experiencing homelessness in the United States; 65%  were sheltered individuals and 35%  were unsheltered individuals.20% of those experiencing homelessness...

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