People in our community are hurting!
IMAGINE you are a young mother with a two year old and a four year old and you are living in your car-running the engine at times throughout the night in an attempt to keep your children warm OR
IMAGINE you are a grandmother raising an autistic grandchild who is suddenly evicted from her apartment one week after Christmas because she is behind on the rent OR
IMAGINE yourself sleeping outside in the freezing weather- your only protection against the elements- a sleeping bag and perhaps a piece of plastic because tents in the woods are illegal OR
IMAGINE you are a homeless man who purposely gets arrested for public intoxication so he will have hot meals and a bed for 30 days.
The faces of the hungry and the homeless are changing.
An increasing number of senior citizens are outliving their financial resources. Cutbacks in benefits coupled with rapidly increasing rents and the loss of jobs has created a problem for many people who never expected to find themselves homeless.
Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, now accounting for almost 40% of the nation’s homeless.
More than 85% of homeless families are headed by single mothers, with the average homeless family comprised of a young mother and her two children, most below the age of 6 years. Homeless mothers have an average annual income of under $8000, living at 63% of the federal poverty level for a family of three.
Homeless children are at particularly high risk for being placed in foster care.
12% of homeless children are placed in foster care compared to just over 1% of other children. 20% of homeless women were placed in foster care as children themselves. The frequency of violence in the lives of homeless mothers is staggering, 63% have been abused by an intimate male partner.
The Homelessness Task Force is helping.
We can provide access to warm meals, seasonal clothing and toiletries by partnering with the Grateful Hearts Soup Kitchen, the Sandalwood Food Pantry, the Resurrection Christian Community Church Soup Kitchen and Helping Hands Ministry at St. Lukeʼs. We are looking for alternative ways to house the homeless children and adults on Hilton Head Island.
You can help.
Your donation will help us continue to feed the hungry and homeless; and to develop multiple housing alternatives for the coming winter months when inclement weather is upon us—that is temperatures below 35 degrees or above 95. Each contribution is greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.
The Homelessness Task Force is a program of the Hunger and Homeless Coalition on Hilton Head Island, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Please make your check payable to Hunger and Homeless Coalition and specify “Homelessness Task Force” in memo area. Mail to Hunger and Homeless Coalition, P.O. Box 22738, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925.
You can also donate right here on this website.
To volunteer or more information, call (843) 681-5332 or (843) 689-6142.
OUR MISSION: To establish a “Homelessness Reserve Fund” which will allow us to house the homeless children and adults in our community when temperatures are below freezing; and or excessively hot, temperatures over 98 degrees.
OUR HISTORY: Many community residents have been working to find ways to serve the hungry and homeless on Hilton Head Island for two years with limited success. However, with the major downturn in our economy, the visibility of hungry and homeless children and adults seeking support has become increasingly evident.
CHAIR: Vicky Hunnings (681-5332) VICE-CHAIR: Freddie Hodges (689-6142)
TASK FORCE MEMBERS: Andrea Bhatt Siebold, Andrea Myers, Betsy Doughtie, Charlee Pullon, Dan Griswold, Dan Mullin, Janice Fatzinger, JoAnn Meier, Julie Copp, Libby Martell, Mary Dell, Meredith Kronz, Nannette Pierson, Nora K Bess, (Rev.) Sam Martin, Twyla Sable.
HOW WE WORK: The Task Force meets on the third Tuesday of each month at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island at 5:15 pm. The public is welcome to attend and participate.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION: As the Homelessness Task Force is a program of the Hunger and Homeless Coalition, a 501(c)(3) organization, all contributions are tax deductible. Support for the work of the Task Force comes from individual donor contributions. Foundation grants have also been written to increase our financial base.