Homelessness can happen to anyone. More than likely it will happen to someone you
The friendly waitress at your favorite restaurant. Your hair stylist. Maybe even
your neighbor down the street. Each person has their own complicated path of tragedy
mixed with their best decision-making that didn’t work out. But some of the contributing
Poverty: In Hamilton, a staggering 20.9% of people live at or below the poverty line.1
That’s 1 in 5 people living a fragile existence, at highest risk of homelessness.
Unemployment and underemployment: We are seeing more single parents who can’t afford
childcare without income, yet without childcare, they can’t get a job. Working full-time
at minimum wage barely covers the rent on an apartment in Hamilton. At the same time,
more people are working part-time, or not at all.
Lack of services: After years of a down economy, social services are overwhelmed
with more people in need, even as taxes to fund them wane. Mental health and addiction
rehabilitation services are especially difficult to come by, leaving people who want
help unable to get it. At Serve City, we almost always have a waiting list for our
residential programs that help both mentally ill individuals and those struggling
with addiction get stabilized.
Domestic violence: More than half the women who come to Serve City have been a victim
of abuse or domestic violence. They need help to break the cycle before they can
move on to a productive life.