Stacey D. Stewart, FannieMae Senior VP--Office of Community and Charitable Giving, said, "We wanted to know what assumptions Americans shared about people who are homeless and find out what Americans were willing to do to help homeless people. And we wanted to see how close homelessness had come to our neighbors."
The report resulted in the production of a 26-minute video summation entitled, "Homeward Bound: The Path to Ending Homelessness." This presentation introduces viewers to organizations working to overcome homelessness, as well as a number of people who know homelessness personally.
Among the findings of the survey were these interesting tidbits:
- 89% of Americans believe that our communities are safer when people do not have to live on the streets
- 93% want to live in a community that provides for the care of its homeless citizens
- 81% believe communities should construct more affordable housing to serve all of their citizens
- The majority of Americans polled believe that homelessness is increasing
- 28% have worried at some point that they might not have a place to live
- 44% have taken in a friend or relative who was facing homelessness
- 85% believe that alcohol and drug abuse are major reasons for homelessness
- Only 9% believe that homelessness can be eliminated
How do you feel about homelessness in your community? How would your answers and experiences line up or differ from those above?
Can homelessness be eliminated?