mental / physical health » Stable housing and supportive services are critical
About half of people experiencing homelessness suffer from mental health issues. At any given point in time, 45 percent of homeless people report having had indicators of mental health problems during the past year. About 25 percent of the homeless population has serious mental illness, including chronic depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
People experiencing homelessness also have a high rate of substance use. According a 1996 survey, 46 percent of homeless respondents reported having an alcohol use problem in the past year,
and 38 percent reported a problem with drug use in the past year. Mental and physical health problems are exacerbated by living on the streets and in shelters. Health conditions that require ongoing treatment — such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, addiction, and mental illness — are difficult to treat when people are living in shelter or on the streets. Medication can require special steps, including refrigeration or special storage, that can be difficult to execute for people experiencing homelessness. Preventative care can also be difficult for this population to access due to its often prohibitive cost, so people experiencing homelessness may wait to seek medical care until a trip to the emergency room is necessary.
These mental and physical health conditions should be considered when designing effective, efficient strategies to end homelessness. Permanent supportive housing provides stable housing coupled with supportive services as needed – a cost-effective solution to homelessness for those with the most severe health, mental health, and substance use challenges.
Directors Corner »NATH has found an easy way for everyone to support
Frederick Place without buying anything that you wouldn’t already be buying
Here is some information I found while researching
AmazonSmile that will be helpful in deciding whether
or not you purchase from Amazon and whether or
not you choose Northwoods Alliance for
Temporary Housing, Inc. as your charity of
choice. I have already shopped and purchased
items that will benefit NATH.
What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
private foundation created by Amazon to
administer the AmazonSmile program. All
donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile
program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation.
In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates
those amounts to the charitable organizations selected
by its customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the
AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted
from the donation amounts generated by purchases
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you
to support NATh every time you shop, at no cost to
you. When you shop at smile..amazon.com, you’ll find
the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient
shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the
added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of
the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.
How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are
prompted to select a charitable organization. In order
to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must
first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases
at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation
will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to NATH.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to
smile.amazon.com. You may also want to add a
bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier
to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile
are eligible for donations. You will see eligible
products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation”
on their product detail pages.
How do I select a charitable organization to
support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to
select a charitable organization to receive donations
from eligible purchases before you begin
shopping. They will remember your selection, and
then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile
will result in a donation.
Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated
from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation
and are not tax deductible by you.
Check out this great way to support NATH without
purchasing anything special. I did and am excited
to see how much NATH will benefit from AmazonSmile.
For even more information check out...
- NATH Executive Director