It’s hard to accept, but most of us are just one tragedy away from losing everything. Homeless Americans’ stories are incredibly varied: no two are alike, and there’s most certainly at least one story you can relate to. 

The thing about homelessness that many people don’t grasp is that it’s incredibly hard to escape: for example, even if you’re in line for a job that could help you get back on your feet, employers often won’t hire someone who can’t provide a valid home address.

But there are nonprofits at work that are helping to both prevent homelessness, and help people  escape it.

Check out these 7 nonprofit homeless organizations who need your donations and support today.

7 Nonprofits Fighting Homelessness to Donate to Today

1. Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA help homelessness

Catholic Charities USA provides aid to some of the most vulnerable, and aims to reduce overall poverty nationwide. This organization’s mission revolves around social justice and good will. Did you know more than 500,000 people in the United States experience homelessness on a nightly basis, and more than one third of those are children? Catholic Charities USA has more than 35,000 affordable housing units across the country, but that number can be even greater with your help.

For donors who care about:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Immigration and refugee services
  • Integrated health
  • Social enterprise initiatives, advocacy, and policy
  • Disaster relief
  • Family foundational services
  • Food and nutrition

How to Support Catholic Charities USA:

2. Community Housing Partnership

Community Housing Partnership stabilize lives in SF

Community Housing Partnership works to stabilize lives in the San Francisco Bay Area by providing housing and helping residents become self-sufficient. This partnership celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2020 with more than 1,900 success stories! In 2019 alone, the organization helped 600 people find stable employment. Community Housing Partnership continues to counsel, lead volunteer efforts, and advocate for better policies in an area where those suffering are too often overlooked.  

For those who care about:

  • Housing and employment initiatives
  • Community engagement, organizing, and advocacy
  • Promoting housing choices

How to Support Community Housing Partnership:

3. ShelterBox USA

Emergency disaster relief ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox USA started small in the United Kingdom in 2000, and it has now expanded to helping the remotely vulnerable stay sheltered all over the world, even in the most hard-to-reach corners. In just twenty years, ShelterBox has provided aid to 1.5 million people in more than 100 countries! The organization goes the distance to deliver ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits to those impacted by natural disasters and conflicts. Inside each delivery, victims will find family-sized tents for temporary shelter and essential tools and materials to start building a new foundation. 

For donors who care about:

  • Rebuilding communities
  • Natural disasters
  • Conflict and crisis relief
  • Providing immediate shelter and safety
  • Providing care items

How to Support ShelterBox USA

4. Los Angeles House of Ruth

Homeless Women and Children Los Angeles House of Ruth

Los Angeles House of Ruth provides safe spaces to homeless women and children, who are often fleeing domestic or workplace abuse. LAHR started with just four beds in 1978, and it now serves more than 180 people each year by providing access to 80 beds in four different transitional houses. During their stays, victims are offered the help they need to become self-sufficient in their communities.

For donors who care about:

  • Domestic abuse victims
  • Women and children services
  • Workplace abuse victims
  • Shelter and housing
  • Trauma aftercare services

How to Support Los Angeles House of Ruth

5.  Covenant House New York

Covenant House New York largest provider for homelessness

Covenant House New York is leading the effort in fighting youth homelessness in New York City. This nonprofit provides more than a place for young people to sleep; It helps them to create and advance their educational and career goals, provides access to a health and wellness center to serve young peoples’ medical needs, dedicates shelter and other services to save youth from human trafficking, and partners with other organizations to ensure LGBTQ youth needs are met.

For donors who care about:

  • Displaced and homeless youth
  • Human trafficking
  • Education and employment for youth
  • LGBTQ advocacy and services

How to Support Covenant House New York:

6. The Ali Forney Center

The Ali Forney Center protests LGBTQ youth

The Ali Forney Center protects LGBTQ youth by housing and providing services which help them prepare for independent living off the streets. The organization was founded in memory of Ali Forney, a gender-nonconforming teen, who fled to the streets after New York City’s foster system failed him. Forney was murdered in Harlem in 1997, and AFC’s goal is to ensure no teen suffers a similar fate. The AFC operates a 24-hour Drop-In Center, which provides services to almost 1,400 homeless LGBTQ youth from around the country every year. 

For donors who care about:

  • Helping LGBTQ homeless youth
  • Youth HIV/STI prevention
  • Peer-to-peer education
  • Job readiness and education
  • Providing free medical services

How to Support the Ali Forney Center:

7. PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)

People Assisting the Homeless for eradicating homelessness

PATH provides permanent housing to those in need before focusing on building stability in their lives through voluntary services. What started as a group of just sixty people in 1983, PATH has now impacted more than 140 different communities. In the past seven years alone, it has found permanent homes for more than 9,000 people. PATH’s main focus is to end homelessness once and for all.

For donors who care about:

  • Eradicating Homelessness
  • Changing Whole Communities
  • Permanent, Stable Housing
  • Medical and Mental Healthcare
  • Advocating for Benefits
  • Employment Training

How to Support PATH

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