to those who made our Seasons of Change event possible.
Homelessness is not simply the result of irresponsibility; nor is it a disease of only the uneducated or addicted. It is the result of the lack of a “Living Wage,” divorce, job loss and health issues. It is a reversible condition, and when one is willing to change their situation, we are there. Daniel’s Den
Groups of people experience homelessness in different ways, but all homelessness is characterized by extreme poverty coupled with a lack of stable housing. It could be the person you see walking down the street or those who are “doubled up” or “couch surfing.” Nothing but stable housing fundamentally differentiates those who experience homelessness and those who don’t.
-National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, nhchc.org
1 in every 5 children in Ellis County is at risk for hunger every day.
During the January 2020 Point-in-Time Count (official count for HUD), 74 people were experiencing homelessness in Ellis County.
This count is for people of all ages living unsheltered or in a temporary shelter.
10.5% residents in our county are living below the federal poverty level.
It’s difficult for low-income individuals and families to find places to live when our median rent is $1359 a month. This is more than 50% of net monthly income for these residents.
16.91% of those in poverty did not complete high school.
How can we help them break the cycle of hopelessness?
As of January 29, 2020, there were 435 Ellis County students classified as HOMELESS in our 11 school districts.
This is in our own community!
Resources: https://www.census.gov/; https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml; https://hotpads.com/ellis-county-tx/houses-for-rent?lat=32.2282&lon=-96.6289&z=12; http://worldpopulationreview.com/us-counties/tx/ellis-county-population/, https://txcip.org/tac/census/profile.php?FIPS=48139, TEA, Region 10 information based on the McKinney-Vento Act Classifications
Are we crazy? No, but you would be if you have a business and don’t take advantage of what Texas Business Incentive Services is offering. And, Ellis County Homeless Coalition, United Way and your local Chamber of Commerce all benefit from it. Go to their website to learn more about it.
The Ellis County Homeless Coalition appreciates the support of Texas Business Incentive Services. They are helping your business and us!
United Way of West Ellis County is
Preparing for the Census
A complete and accurate census count is critical for the well-being of our community. Why? Because the census is used to set funding for everything from Medicaid to highway construction to K-12 education. To get the most for our community, we have to ensure all residents in Ellis County are counted. Learn more about why the census is important by clicking here!