BEYOND THE HEADLINES
July 3, 2011
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings
Have you ever talked to someone who is homeless... a young person or adult? Have you ever been homeless?
Well, today, you're going to meet a young woman who was formerly homeless, who is now running for Miss California. We're going to begin in Marin, the wealthiest county in the state, where there are an estimated 2,600 homeless young people.
It may shock you to learn that there are hundreds of homeless families in the Bay Area. Some are hidden, living in their cars, campers, or staying with families or friends. A large number of homeless include the men and women who serve our country. An estimated 76,000 across the country are homeless veterans.
There are services available that not only provide housing, but also offer help to keep people from winding up homeless again. Like, for example, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary of helping families.
Founder, Ambassadors for Hope and Opportunity
Miss California Contestant
Volunteer, Ambassadors for Hope and Opportunity
Director of Programs, Hamilton Family Center
Client, Hamilton Family Center
San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing
Veteran Homeless Coordinator, US Department of Veteran Affairs
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