Columbus sets goal of $300,000 Sacramento Raised $400,000 in 2011
For the second year, Columbus, Ohio and Sacramento, CA have dedicated one day to encourage the community to help end and prevent homelessness. Donors are asked to give one day of their rent or mortgage to help house their neighbors who experience homelessness. For example, in Columbus, organizers estimate that based on the average market rent, a household living in a two-bedroom apartment would donate about $30.
The Columbus Shelter Board has once again partnered with a local media partner to promote their campaign to end homelessness.
“Everyone in the community has a responsibility to help people struggling through tough economic conditions. We feel an obligation to use our resources to help people through this crisis and get back on their feet,” said WBNS-10TV and ONN president and general manager Tom Griesdorn in a press release.
In Sacramento, 80 faith based organizations and 1,400 individual donors participated in last years campaign to prevent homelessness and their efforts and generosity kept 4,770 individuals housed and off the streets.
On the campaign’s website, Sacramanto Mayor Kevin Johnson writes, “The One Day to Prevent Homelessness campaign is part of one of many initiatives of Sacramento Steps Forward—a community-wide call to join together to ensure that all Sacramentans have a place to call home … Please join us, again, as we step forward together for One Day to Prevent Homelessness, and reach another milestone in keeping people off the streets and in their homes.”
Franklin County Ohio, where Columbus is situated has a population of 1,150,000 or 13% of the population of New Jersey. Sacramento has a population of 466,676 or 5% of the population of the Garden State.
As Continuums of Care in New Jersey transform themselves to comply with new HEARTH regulations, could this be done in New Jersey?
With the 7% increase in homelessness, recently reported by a National Alliance to End Homelessness report, our state’s slow recovery from the recent recession, and the burdensome, high cost of housing (New Jersey has the 3rd highest rent burden in the country) would this be the time to do a campaign like this in New Jersey?