Recently you may have noticed many neighborhoods being dotted with abandoned houses stuck in foreclosure. The so-called “zombie” properties are often uninhabitable because they’ve fallen into disrepair, and owners are unwilling to invest in fixing them up because, with the mortgage unpaid, the bank can always come back and foreclose again. The vacant homes often attract drug dealers and squatters and bring down the value of surrounding properties.
Who Needs these Homes
- 12% of the homeless adult population are veterans
- 20% of the male homeless population are veterans
- 68% reside in principal cities
- 32% reside in suburban/rural areas
- 51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
- 50% have serious mental illness
- 70% have substance abuse problems
- 51% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans
Resource: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Women veterans are four times more likely than their male counterparts to wind up homeless.
Teens and Young Adults
For every year that passes, more than 2 million kids in America will face a period of homelessness.
By the age of 26, over one-third of the youth who age out of foster care will experience homelessness.
Every day it is estimated that at least 13 children die on our nation’s streets.
Resource: Covenant House
AnimalsEach year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). That’s about one every 11 seconds.
Empty Houses vs Homeless People
With an estimated 18M+ vacant homes and 3.5 M people a day being homeless, a solution is needed for long-term housing. CMP believes they have found a solution to provide affordable housing for people to call home. So, CMP wants to give it a try, but they can only do it with your help.
NOTE: Currently, this program is only available for single veterans, but CMP plans to be established in other locations, as funding becomes available.
How the Program Works
CMP’s solution involves a shared housing program which helps people transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. As single female veterans move into their shared home, they also have the option of rehabilitating a rescue animal.
This program is also unique in that most Veteran-only housing allows for service dogs, but not companion pets. CMP is starting with a female only facility for female veterans because there is a large gap resource between single female Veterans and their male counterparts. Plus, many of the female veterans live with Military Sexual Trauma (MST), so living with men is not an ideal situation for them.
Through partnership efforts CMP will be able to offer life skills training. Each person will have the opportunity to improve their education and employment skills, develop budget management, and computer knowledge. This program strives to provide an environment for homeless residents that will allow them to develop an alternative “family” network for self-help and independent living.
We have become champions in producing breakthrough results for those who are homeless or living in poverty, veterans, youth, and rescue animals. CMP’s vision involves breaking barriers and producing results between those who want to give and those who need help. We want donors to decide where their money goes. We want those we serve to tell us what they’re needs are so we can help them. Not everyone’s needs are the same, and no one should ever be ashamed to ask for help when they want to better them-self.