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FACES OF HOMELESSNESS

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THE AVERAGE HOMELESS PERSON IN

NORTHEAST GA IS A 7 YEAR OLD CHILD

HALF THE HOMELESS PEOPLE IN NE GA ARE CHILDREN UNDER 7

 

 

 

 

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IN APRIL, 2006 HELPING AGENCIES IN WHITE, HALL, AND HABERSHAM COUNTIES COUNTED OVER 2,500 CHILDREN AND TEENS WHO WERE HOMELESS WITHIN THE PAST YEAR.

More than 200 of these children were in White County

MANY PEOPLE THINK HOMELESS PARENTS DON’T WORK. OFTEN THEY DO

40hrs at minimum wage = $246 gross IF the parent works at a place that is required to pay minimum wage and if they get a full 40 hrs that week.

Take home pay = somewhere around $166- 184 depending on the number of deductions.

Average rent for not so nice trailer $120-150 wk. That leaves $64-16 to pay heat and lights (seldom less than $60 a month and in winter in a cheap trailer as high as $300 a month, transportation to work, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, etc. That does not even mention food, clothes, toys, or school supplies, or band aids for skinned knees.

Could you manage on this budget?

If by the grace of God and Food Stamps or child support the family can make it some months missing a day’s work because a child is sick or the mom herself is sick, a blown tire that means spending $20 for a used one to replace it leaves a family without money to pay rent. Late charges start to add up. The family gets evicted and is homeless.

Could you manage on this budget?