Village of Hope
“Repairing The Spirit, Restoring Dignity”
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A "Home" for homeless women, homeless children and children that have been abused and neglected​​
Sponsored by: PUT-BACK



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Providing Safe Havens for the Homeless

Put-Back is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that aggressively works to provide shelter for homeless women; homeless children; and children that have been abused and neglected.  The National Center on Family Homelessness documents alarming statistics, indicating that 2.5 million children are now homeless each year in America, which represents one in every 30 children in the United States. Homeless families (containing children under the age of 18) make up 34% of the homeless population.[1]

The Point-in-Time Count (PIT Count) takes an unduplicated census of people experiencing homelessness – sheltered or not – on a given night in January and helps communities better understand the magnitude and characteristics of its homeless population.[2]  South Carolina’s 2016 annual PIT Count estimated 5,050 persons experiencing homelessness. Approximately 36 % of these individuals were staying in emergency shelters, and another 30% were staying in transitional housing. A total of 384 families were identified as experiencing homelessness in 2016, which included 759 children under 18 and 307 youth ages 18-24. An estimated 190 people under the age of 24 were reported to be living without shelter. Five counties, including Greenville (991), Richland (876), Horry (492), Charleston (461) and Spartanburg (346), collectively represent 63 percent (3,166) of the total homeless population in the state. Thirty-nine percent of these individuals were women.

The Midlands homeless population had a larger proportion of children than other counties (174 or 13 percent).  In total, there were 262 individuals experiencing homelessness living in households with children. Seven children under age 18 and 16 youth between ages 18-24 were unsheltered in the Midlands.[3]

Protecting  the Vulnerable 
   
According to the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), South Carolina has a critical need for foster families. The agency currently has only 1,263 foster homes, while 2,782 children need a home.[1] Learn how to become a foster parent, here.

As of September 15, 2015, South Carolina was ranked worst in the nation for deadly violence against women, according to a report released by the Violence Policy Center and documented in The State newspaper. [1] Just as distressing, South Carolina had a rate of 2.32 women killed per 100,000 people in 2013, the latest year for which statistics are available, which was more than twice the national average, representing 57 known deaths, compared with 50 a year earlier. Our children aren’t faring much better.  Nationwide, in 2014, state agencies found an estimated 702,000 victims of child maltreatment—enough to pack 10 modern football stadiums. [2] Experts document a disturbing array of potential consequences of child abuse and neglect, including poor health, higher teen pregnancy, and poor employment outcomes. For example, individuals who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life expectancy that was two decades shorter than those who reported none.[3] One study several years ago demonstrated that, for new cases in 2008 alone, lifetime estimates of lost worker productivity, health care costs, special education costs, child welfare expenditures and criminal justice expenditures added up to $124 billion.[4]

Closer to home, the most recent Child Abuse and Neglect Data for South Carolina indicates that 18,398 children were in founded investigations of child abuse and neglect. Of those, 47% were 0-5 years old; 36% were 6-12 years old; and 16% were 13-17 years old.[5] Kids Count measures child well-being in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, Family and Community.  It is gloomy commentary that South Carolina ranks 39th overall in the U.S. for child well-being.[6]






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