“I didn’t know how to be homeless.”
That’s what Mark said after coming to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. The day before, he had been digging through a dumpster for food.
Who does know how to be homeless? Who wants to know?
It’s impossible to say exactly how many homeless people are in the Phoenix area. Homelessness in Phoenix was on the rise even before the pandemic – so it’s important to note that the numbers below don’t reflect the people who suddenly found themselves homeless because of evictions of other life-altering circumstances due to COVID-19.
The truth is, homelessness can look a lot like any of us. It can happen to anyone, anytime. Sometimes it’s a result of circumstances beyond our control — job loss, divorce, domestic violence, mental illness or medical bills. Sometimes it’s a result of one’s own harmful personal choices — most often, substance abuse or addiction. And most recently, it can be because of a pandemic, forcing those who lost livelihoods and struggled to maintain housing onto the streets.
Neighbors facing hunger need your help this Christmas season.
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