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MORE PEOPLE ARE NOW LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS
In the United States, prosperity and opportunity have blossomed, yet so many people have been left behind. As our population centers boom, high cost of living and lack of affordable housing are intensifying the hardships of poverty, hunger, homelessness and addiction in our cities.
Bay Area cost of livinG is 2x’s national average
- Highly paid tech professionals
- Average rent is $3,000, up 50% over 5 years according to municipal data
1/3 of homeless population is families with kids
- Generally caused by economic hardship.
2018 HUD Report on Homelessness to Congress
youth (ages 18-25) is the fastest growing segment of the unsheltered homeless population
- 25% of the total homeless population 18-25
National Foster Youth Institute Report, May 2017
HUNGER IS WIDESPREAD
With the pressure to make ends meet, many individuals and families struggle to provide basic necessities – even while working multiple jobs. Food is often the first expense to forego, especially at the end of the month when rent is due.
What’s more, when people don’t feel secure to put food on the table, it can have a cascading effect on other aspects of day-to-day life – including greater anxiety to complete schoolwork and job tasks – and can have a devastating impact on people’s well-being and livelihood.
As many as 1 in 4 of our neighbors in our community are experiencing food insecurity.
Nationally, 1 in 8 people
In some of the urban
centers we serve,
that number is as large as
1 IN 4
ADDICTION CAN TAKE
HOLD OF LIVES
With so many of our neighbors feeling like hope is lost, it is no wonder that the risk factors that predispose someone to substance abuse are more prevalent in lower-income populations.
A parent who is out of work may drown her sorrows in alcohol every day – and her children observe and learn from this example of coping with life problems.
Breaking that cycle can be difficult. As an example, someone who makes less than $20,000 a year is about one-third less likely to recover from a cocaine addiction than someone who makes over $70,000.
And it is well documented that many people experiencing homelessness also suffer from substance abuse. Whether their situation was driven by their addiction or they have turned to drugs and alcohol trying to cope with the loss of a place to live, addiction amongst our most vulnerable neighbors is a key factor to address.
WE BELIEVE GOD
HAS A DIFFERENT PLAN
FOR PEOPLE’S LIVES
At CityTeam, we believe that we are all children of God, that each life has value and is “wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
And we hold to God’s promise for each of our lives – that He has come the we may “have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b).
This is why we are compelled to address the problems we see in our community and to live as Jesus has taught is to “love our neighbors as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39).
HOW WE MEET IMMEDIATE NEEDS
AND PROVIDE LASTING SOLUTIONS
Meeting immediate needs through prepared meals, grocery and fresh produce distribution, shelter beds, warm showers, clean clothes and more.
Our residential programs offer safe shelter, restorative care, and support. Graduates achieve sobriety, education milestones, steady employment, family reunification, and a restored and vibrant life.
Giving people access to education and job skills training that helps them find living wage jobs that can support them and their families.
As we help individuals achieve lasting change in their lives, we are also impacting our cities for good and helping transform the communities where we live and work.
From meeting immediate needs to providing lasting solutions, CityTeam programs restore lives and rebuild communities.
Neighborhood outreach programs that help relieve the challenges that low-income families face to put food on the table and make ends meet. Through relationships, we identify neighbors who are candidates for our lasting solution programs.