Our local paper The Free Lance Star ran an article June 25 on homlessness in the Fredericksburg area. There were a total of 561 homless people. There was a chart that further broke it down to specific counties and or cities. For the city of Fredericksburg there were a total of 199 homeless people. 56 adults who are at the Thurman Brisben Center, http://www.brisbencenter.org/), 15 at the Hope House http://www.hopehouseva.org/ , 29 at Cold-night shelter, 62 school children, 1 un-sheltered child, and 36 unsheltered adults.
These numbers were a bit shocking to me as you do not see what apears to be that many homless people. I was more shocked when I further looked into the chart and saw how many homeless children there were, many un-sheltered. To be more specific the area included Fredericksburg City, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, and Caroline Counties. Here are the totals for children 408 sheltered, 9 un-sheltered. So, of the 561 homeless 417 are children and 144 are adults. That is an awful lot of children without a home!
I am sure we are not alone with this problem. Sure I donate to Goodwill regularly, I also send in extra snacks to my sons teachers for those who "forget" theirs at home, I also give the teacher extra money when it is time for a book order or field trip. I know there is more I can do...I just need to do it. What is it that some of you do to help homeless children? I am open for suggestions, I want to help.
Homes in Fredericksburg Va are very expensive to even those with full-time jobs. Homes for rent in the same area are equally as axpensive. The options for those with little or no income are close to none.
What is it like in your area?