According to a report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, every night between 700,000 and 2 million men, women and children are homeless throughout the United States.
In San Antonio, the number of homeless people every night is approximately 4,000 according to SAMMinistries.
Who are the homeless? How did they end up living on the street? And how can we help them overcome obstacles as they strive to improve their lives and be self-sustaining?
Texas Public Radio hosted the KSTX Town Hall on Homelessness, a solutions-based conversation with a panel of community and government leaders who work with the homeless. This discussion took place on Tuesday, December 21 at the San Antonio Central Library.
This discussion, moderated by Texas Public Radio's Terry Gildea, examined the causes of homelessness, informed citizens on the numerous organizations that serve the homeless community, and offered advice how how you can help these organizations transform the lives of the thousands of San Antonians living without a roof over their head.
- Scott Ackerson—Vice-President of Transformational Services, Haven for Hope
- Marta Pelaez—President & CEO, Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
- Taylor Boone—Associate Pastor, Corazon Ministries, Travis Park United Methodist Church
- Melody Woosley—Assistant Director, City of San Antonio Community Initiatives Department, Homeless Services
- Haven for Hope
- The Salvation Army, San Antonio Metropolitan Area Command
- San Antonio Metropolitan Homeless Services
- United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
- Family Violence Prevention Services