Help UPO Help the DC Homeless

by United Planning Organization

Summary

Many of us have protection from the elements, from icy winters to searing summer heat, but the homeless do not. The summer heat and mild fall have come to a screeching halt replaced by low temperatures and hypothermia alerts and UPO's Shelter Hotline vans out transporting DC homeless folk to shelters. With the sudden onset of winter we appeal for your continued support to help us raise money for comfort items for the homeless people we assist to get them through the tough winter months.
$20,000.00
total goal
$5,845.00
remaining
153
donors
1
monthly donor
2
years

Challenge

Funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness the UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting Homeless folks off the street, transporting them to Homeless Shelters and providing them with comfort items. A 2014 Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in DC (see PDF below) found that there were 7,748 homeless people in Washington DC on a single night. The 2015 Count was 7,298, a drop of 5.8%. Progress is slowly being made, but there is more work to be done.

Solution

Shelter Hotline maintains a census of available beds in shelters for the homeless and dispatch drivers to pick-up locations to transport people to shelters and provide comfort items. Trips also involve checking on homeless in parks, underpasses; locations where they congregate. Drivers look out for persons exhibiting signs of mental illness to ensure that they are properly clothed. Support of this project has been generous and with your support we will reach our goal of $15,000 very soon.

Long-Term Impact

UPO's mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. As the designated community action agency for DC, UPO services DC homeless through our programs. The Office of Early Learning provides children of homeless families with free education and family support. Adult Education & Training, Building Careers Academy and Workforce Development provide job training. As we help the homeless to self-sufficiency, we believe that they deserve the decency of basic comfort items that we can take for granted.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.upo.org
UPO website
UPO Shelter Hotline helping the DC Homeless

Organization Information

United Planning Organization

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.upo.org
Project Leader:
Mervyn Myers
Washington, DC United States

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