While it is a common belief that many people who end up homeless do so because of their lack of interest in keeping a steady job, the truth is that many homeless people were actually working at the time they lost their homes.
This may have happened because their work hours were reduced, they became ill or had some major financial hurdle that made it impossible for them to cover their rent, despite them being employed. A lack of affordable housing has been a primary reason for homelessness for the last two decades. This is especially true today, where the cost of rent has increased to the point where people making minimum wage are no longer able to afford rent, especially if living on their own. Public housing, in times past, could take care of this situation, but the demand now is larger than the number of units available, resulting in a long waiting period for housing. Many people end up being homeless while waiting to be housed.
One common myth regarding homeless people is that they have been living in the streets forever. The truth is that a large percentage of homeless people are without a roof only temporarily. Many agencies in our Community are working tirelessly to help obtain safe and secure housing for the homeless and many will actually find a home again in six months or less.
Another common myth is that homeless people are dangerous, while in fact statistics show that most are victims of crime rather than the perpetrators.
The 5Cities Homeless Coalition is committed to building a "One Stop Community Center" where ALL needed services are provided under one roof and one location. We cannot accomplish this alone. This will be a Community Project and will need the support of the volunteer community who understand that it is NOT acceptable for over 2,000 children in San Luis Obispo County to be homeless and have no permanent place to call home. Please consider getting involved in this worthwhile project individually, through your place of worship or where you work. Thank you.