A lot of people are struggling during this pandemic so Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have decided to donate half a million dollars to support New York's homeless families.
Read on for all the details...
Homelessness is a major issue in our country.
via: GettyWith the current economic climate making it harder for people to keep up with their rent, the issue is getting truly out of hand.
On a single given night here in the States, over half a million people sleep on the streets.
via: GettyAnd, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in January 2018, 552,830 people were counted as homeless.
But we aren't the only ones with this problem.
via: Getty ImagesNational reports have shown that over 2% of the world's population is homeless. If that had to be converted into a solid figure, it would range between 150-160 million people.
And, shockingly, these reports also disclose that twenty percent of the world's population lacks adequate housing.
via: GettyThat equates to almost 1.6 billion people.
And, while it may be easy to assume that homeless people simply got themselves in their unfortunate positions...
via: GettyIt is important to remember that many find themselves being forced onto the streets through no fault of their own.
Many are fleeing from abusive homes...
via: GettyAnd others, with little or no support network at all, can find themselves sleeping rough through a series of unfortunate events.
All that homeless people need is a chance.
via: Getty ImagesYet, sadly, very few are willing to give it to them.
And, in dark and troubling times like these...
via: GettyHomeless people need the support and kindness of strangers more than ever before.
As most of you will be aware, we are currently experiencing a difficult climate.
via: GettyThe virus has been sweeping the planet at an alarming rate, and it is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
As a result of the deadly virus, people have been advised to avoid contact with others...
via: GettyAnd many countries, including us here in the states, have imposed full lockdowns while instructing citizens to self-isolate at home.
But what about those who don't have homes?
via: GettyWhile the majority of American's quarantine themselves within their houses, our thoughts can't help but stray to those who are homeless.
Homeless people are now more vulnerable than ever before.
via: GettyOur deserted streets now mean that those who rely on the kindness and generosity of strangers to simply eat and find warm shelter are now at risk of starving out in the cold.
And, on top of this, they are dangerously exposed to the potentially deadly virus...
via: GettyAnd our no one seems to be doing anything about it!
Kind-hearted volunteers have been working tirelessly to find a solution for the homeless...
via: GettyAcross the country, make-shift shelters and hospitals have been erected in an attempt to properly care for our homeless citizens.