Over the past few months, we have addressed some common myths and misconceptions about homelessness.…
This month, let’s debunk Myth #5: The homeless are unskilled and uneducated. This misconception is far from true. Homelessness affects people from all walks of life, backgrounds and levels of education. Many highly skilled, intelligent individuals face homelessness due to unexpected life-changing circumstances. It’s important to recognize that many people are one crisis away from being on the street.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, approximately 25% of the homeless population in the U.S. are employed. They work full-time jobs or hold multiple part-time positions. However, with the high cost of living and low wages, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to afford housing. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that a mere $100 increase in median monthly rent can lead to a 9% rise in homelessness.
To better illustrate: In Muskegon, someone earning a minimum wage of $10.10/hour must work 68 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom rental at $899 monthly. (Fair Market Rate) (National Low Income Housing Coalition nlihc.org)
Myths surrounding the homeless are harmful and create barriers that prevent people from seeking the help they need. MRM’s Community Resource Center connects individuals with valuable resources that offer employment opportunities, affordable housing options, job training and other critical support services. These vital resources help bridge the gap for community members experiencing homelessness.
As we enter the holiday season, we are grateful for your support of MRM and the homeless individuals and families we serve.
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