T’s 4 Hope Fundraiser

Written by Lornna Zane, Published in Hometown Miami Newspaper 1/28/17 In America, one in six people face hunger and about 3.5 million people are homeless. These statistics prove that we need to open our eyes and help our comrades in need. There has been a stigma placed on those who find themselves homeless. Many see them as drug-addicts or ex-convicts. Yet, they are people just like us who are not as blessed as we are. T’s 4 Hope is a fundraiser that raises money for those facing hunger and homelessness in the United States. Founded by Sean Mattingly, owner of SRM Graphics and Printing, T’s 4 Hope began as a way for Sean to spread messages of joy and inspiration. Eventually, it became someth

Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), when a series of economic and interpersonal problems accumulate in the lives of marginalized people, it leads to homelessness (2009). Inadequate income results in an inability to obtain and keep affordable housing in most cases (APA, 2009). Before 2008, most people experiencing homelessness were far below the poverty line but after the 2008 recession, many blue-collar workers and middle class people experienced the same problem (APA, 2009). Despite this, most people seeking emergency shelter were recognized as extremely poor (APA, 2009). People living in poverty are most vulnerable to job layoffs, unemployment, evictions, and crime (

Homelessness, Poverty, and Domestic Abuse

In 2009, the National Coalition for the Homeless reported that one out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and each year 1.3 million women are victims domestic abuse. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, domestic violence is often the direct cause of homelessness for many women ( They also reported that their abusers frequently isolate them from their support networks and financial resources further increasing their chances of becoming homeless ( A Massachusetts study revealed that ninety-two percent of homeless women had been severally abused either physically or sexually at some point in their li

Mental Health and Homelessness

In 2009, The National Coalition for the Homeless reported that serious mental illness can obstruct one’s ability to perform essential functions of everyday life including self care and household management. Between twenty and twenty-five percent of the homeless population suffers from some form of serious mental illness and it can lead to irrational behavior which prevents them from cultivating stable relationships with others (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). As a result, they often push away family, friends, and caregivers who may play an important role in keeping them from becoming homeless (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). The American Psychological Association (APA

The Elephant In The Room

More than 500,000 people were homeless in January of 2015 according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (2015). HUD also reported that nearly a quarter of the homeless population was under the age of eighteen, nine percent was between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four, and 68 percent of the homeless population was twenty-five or older (2015). Homelessness in the United States is a problem many of us seem to turn a blind eye to, but it affects many families and individuals throughout our nation. Although there are those that are homeless because of drug or alcohol abuse, many are homeless due to mental illness, disability, and domestic abuse as well. T’s 4 Hope ai

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