WellSpring operates a nine-unit emergency shelter with efficiency or one-bedroom apartments (where residents live without cost for up to 30 days). All apartments include stove, refrigerator, and cooking utensils. The utilities and laundry facilities are also provided at no cost. Our families also have access to a common entertainment area with toys and TV provided. […]Donate Now!
Permanent supportive housing is a nationally recognized, proven, and cost-effective solution to meet the needs of families who are experiencing homelessness. HopeSpring’s approach integrates permanent, affordable apartments with best practices, community-based supportive services, to help those with long-term disabilities such as mental illness, physical, or developmental, chronic health conditions be able to access and […]Donate Now!
The Community Service Center of Morgan County, Inc. was established in 1988 to meet the needs of a rising population of homeless families in Morgan and the surrounding counties.Donate Now!
A Morgan County family experiencing homelessness needs you to be a life changer. Why? Because, they need someone to offer a hand up so they can break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient. When you give to Wellspring, the only Morgan County shelter for families experiencing homeleness, your investment provides the following life changing […]Donate Now!
As of January 2018, Indiana had an estimated 5,258 individuals experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that total, 481 were families, 539 were veterans, 268 were unaccompanied young adults (age 180-24), and 449 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
Public school data reported to the U.S. Department of Education during the 2016-2017 school year showed an estimated 17,863 public school students experienced homelessness throughout the year. Of that total, 249 were students unsheltered, 2,476 were in shelters, 1,266 were in hotels/motels, and 13,872 were “couch hopping” (living in homes of family, friends, etc.).
On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the U.S., according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most people are spending the night either in homeless shelters or in some sort of short-term transitional housing. Slightly more than a third are living in cars or under bridges or are in some other way living unsheltered.
HUD reports that on any given night, over 138,000 of the homeless in the U.S. are children under the age of 18. Thousands of these homeless children are unaccompanied, according to HUD. Another federal program, No Child Left Behind, defines “homeless children” more broadly and includes not just those living in shelters or transitional housing but those who are sharing the housing of other persons due to economic hardship; living in cars, parks, bus or train stations; or awaiting foster-care placement. Under this definition, the National Center for Homeless Education reported in September 2014 that local school districts reported there are over 1 million homeless children in public schools.
Over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night, according to HUD. Sixty percent of them are in shelters, the rest unsheltered. Nearly 5,000 are female.
According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), more than 90 percent of homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse, and escaping that abuse is a leading cause of their homelessness.
The lack of affordable housing is a primary cause of homelessness, according to the NLCHP. HUD has seen its budget slashed by over 50 percent in recent decades, resulting in the loss of 10,000 units of subsidized low-income housing each and every year.
According to the NLCHP, one eighth of the nation’s supply of low-income housing has been permanently lost since 2001. The U.S. needs at least 7 million more affordable apartments for low-income families, and as a result, millions of families spend more than half of their monthly income on rent.
Over 5 million homes have been foreclosed on since 2008; that’s one out of every 10 homes with a mortgage. This has caused even more people to search for affordable rental property.
There is enough public rental assistance to help about one out of every four extremely low-income households. Those who do not receive help are on multi-year waiting lists. For example, Charlotte just opened up their applications for public housing assistance for the first time in 14 years, and over 10,000 people applied.
While about 6 percent of the general population suffers from severe mental illness, 20 to 25 percent of the homeless suffer from severe mental illness, according to government studies. Half of this population self-medicate and are at further risk for addiction and poor physical health. A University of Pennsylvania study tracking nearly 5,000 homeless people for two years discovered that investing in comprehensive health support and treatment of physical and mental illnesses is less costly than incarceration, shelter and hospital services for the untreated homeless.Donate Now!
Since 1988, WellSpring has helped thousands of Morgan County families find a way out of homelessness and have empowered them to create brighter futures for their children. Our mission is to give them opportunities to stablilize their lives by offering shelter, advocacy, support and paths to self-sufficiency.
WellSpring is three agencies in one as we not only provide emergency shelter, but also permanent supportive housing for qualified families at HopeSpring and a centralized location for resources, referrals and connections as the Community Service Center of Morgan County (CSCMC).
The work is both challenging and gratifying and none of it would be possible if we didn’t have the generous support of individuals and organizations from our community. However, there’s more work to be done to evict poverty from Morgan County. Help us empower more families to break the poverty cycle by donating to our Walmart Registry for Good at: http://bit.ly/wellspringregistry