It's all about the children. The J Cares Foundation was formed to assist homeless single or disabled parents find housing and put their lives back together.
Our founders have all been homeless as children and understand how difficult and confusing the situation is for them and their parents.
Online referral applications are accepted from homeless shelters, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
A housing ‘apocalypse’ is coming as coronavirus protections across the country will expire soon.
More evictions of families with children will occur as landlords will be able to file eviction notices across the country again very soon.
Parents have fallen behind on months of mortgage payments after being unable to work during the pandemic.
With no school or daycare offerings, they have become home school teachers with no chance of finding work from home opportunities.
J Cares Foundation is raising funds for this upcoming crisis and can use your tax-deductible donations to help families in August 2020.
The United States is no exception when it comes to cases of homeless children. According to statistics by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the US hosts over 2.5 million homeless children. This translates to 1 in 30 children in the country lacking a roof over his/her head. The findings also show that this trend is on the increase with each year if figures from the 2013 – 2018 period remain consistent. Child Trends (2019) also corroborate with the findings, suggesting that while the increase can be attributed to improved reporting, child homelessness remains a growing concern in the country.
Food & Nutrition
As can be expected, one of the most devastating aspects of homeless children's lives is their food and nutrition intake. While various feeding programs and shelters are being funded by well-wishers to feed these kids, about 57% of the homeless kids still go without absolutely any food for at least 2 days per calendar month according to a research conducted by Covenant House, a foundation that caters for homeless children in the country.
Considering that the other 28 or so days are also spent in partial hunger, it’s quite clear that their lives are distinctly characterized by starvation.
The homeless population in any country or region is always at a very high risk of exploitation by members of society, either in a sexual or labor manner. For young children, the risk is even much higher due to their feeble defense capabilities. This applies to children living with parents as well as those forging their own way.
For young people, the most common form of exploitation is sex trafficking. In the United States, a cautious estimate of over 20 000 kids are trafficked each year by sex traffickers.
Homeless children are a worrying, yet common, norm all over the globe. The reasons for such trends tend to be similar in all societies. Let's just take a quick look at some of the top causes of child homelessness, with particular attention to the United States of America.
Domestic conflicts contribute to the greater majority of homeless children in the United States. A study conducted in regulated child/youth shelters in the US found that almost half of the population in these shelters left home due to domestic conflicts.
The larger majority of these children from conflict-riddled homes experience serious physical harm such as beatings, sexual assault, or altercations with parents/guardians (mostly step-parents) of a physical nature. The extent of this physical abuse proved in all cases to make the home environment a place of terror which led to the children leading and seeking refuge in the streets.
There is a significant overlap between the number of children who leave their homes due to drug use and those that do so due to drug-related or drug-induced conflicts with their parents or guardians. It is, however, quite clear that drug issues play a key role in the existence of homeless children in the United States.
Family Poverty / Bankruptcy
The alarming rise in homeless families in the US has been another key cause of the presence of homeless children on the streets. An estimated 25% of families in US states are currently living under the poverty datum line. This has led to a rise in evictions from homes as families can longer afford rentals or mortgage payments, effectively rendering them homeless.
Children from the afflicted families automatically become part of the statistics of homeless children. What more, studies have shown that nearly 40% of the homeless population in the US is below 18 years of age, meaning that a greater part of these homeless people are essentially children.