Late last week, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a study regarding the nations' "First Time Homeless". The Washington office of National Public Radio featured comments from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and then, since Houston was one of the studied cities, they called Star of Hope - one of our country's largest and most effective homeless missions. Our spokesperson was Hank Rush, the Mission's president and CEO.
Hank made us all proud as he quickly summed up the Bayou City's homeless situation for the the national audience: "Over the last year we've seen a major increase in the number of people in the Houston area who have become homeless. And about 10 percent of the number that we've seen are folks who you would've never expected to become homeless. Neighbors down the street, people in the suburbs, folks who have good jobs, a couple of cars in the garage and who end up, for various reasons, out of work and unable to maintain their housing. And so it's a very interesting and difficult and traumatic experience for so many people in our community who would never have expected that before. "
You can read or hear the entire interview for yourself on NPR.
Star of Hope reaches out to over 1,000 homeless men, women and children every day. These days - one of those individuals or one of those families may be familiar to you. Like they say - we're all only a few pay checks away.
Find out how you can assist those in need at Shelters Houston Texas or Homeless Services Houston. Take a few moments to explore our website and donate online at Comprehensive Homeless Services and listen to the testimonies of those you have already helped.