A great thing is happening here in Ontario. Jason McComb of Homeless Happens Helping Hands is walking from St. Thomas to Ottawa to raise awareness for the homeless, homelessness, and to try to change the stereotypes that accompany the less fortunate and those who are homeless.
My walk is not just to raise awareness for the homeless, it is to bring positive attention to us (yes me as well), and the less fortunate in general (unemployed, disabled, social services recipients that are stuck in the system and want out, those without, etc.), it is to let people know we do not all suit the stigmas and stereotypes placed on us (lazy, drunks, “druggies”, desire to be homeless, and every other stigmatic stereotype) there are other reasons as well! ~ Jason McComb
There are many myths about “the homeless.”
Contrary to popular stereotypes, only a small proportion, about 6% of the homeless population suffers from schizophrenia.
Homelessness is actually a chronic problem for only a small minority of people, the vast majority of individuals are “one-time only” shelter users or experience episodic homelessness. Many of “the homeless” who make use of homeless shelters are also employed. Individuals and families are simply priced out of private housing markets. ~borrowed information from Wikipedia
In Canada, homelessness has a thousand faces. Homelessness can affect people of any age, gender or ethnic background. It does not discriminate. While in the past men used to comprise the vast majority of homeless persons, now women and children represent the fastest growing subgroup of the homeless population, followed by youth.
In the realm of personal finance, personal debt and lower incomes contribute to the idea that most people are only a couple of paycheques away from becoming homeless. I know that our family is.
Please keep Jason in your prayers as he makes this tremendous journey. You can follow him via his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomelessHappensHelpingHands/ .