With unemployment and food insecurity on the rise, the Covid 19 pandemic is changing our way of life in many ways. The city, which is already facing a tough winter, is the most affected by the homeless. Families program, which serves three-quarters of the population and includes more than 1,000 homeless people in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Here’s how the community shows support in 2021.
The report also notes that African-Americans and Latino New Yorkers are disproportionately affected by homelessness. African Americans are the most affected by homelessness, according to the report.
While winter is turbulent, we work together to reduce the burden during the holiday season. Normally, Concrete Luxury Group would prepare for its annual Christmas party, but given the current state of the world, the party was canceled without giving any indication of when it would return.
Giving back to the community
This year will be different because of the pandemic, but we want to celebrate and give something back, “said Xavier Anglin. Starting in 2017, the organization will work with Providence House for Christmas, a nonprofit that provides temporary shelter to homeless women and children, women who would otherwise be incarcerated, and individuals and families who suddenly become homeless. The holiday cruise, which starts on November 22, lasts until December 18.
Donors can buy so-called removal kits, and items purchased on Amazon are sent directly to families at Providence House. The aim is to secure your own home, but according to the organization, all items can be donated at any time of the year.
Andrea Bell, head of community engagement, said: “Moving from our facility to our own home is a huge financial burden. We do not receive any state funding, so we are heavily dependent on donations from the community.
She added: “This initiative will help us to meet the needs of the families we represent. We have received over 100 donations for the Black Christmas Holiday Drive so far, and the team hopes to increase that number to 700 to distribute as much as possible to families in need.
Co-founder Brian Johnson said: “We have tested the pandemic in a number of ways and recognized that this is one of the greatest acts of kindness we can do at the moment. It’s something that gives back to the Brooklyn community as support in 2021 as a whole, not just for the kids but for their families as well. The residents themselves, the men behind Black Christmas, are familiar with Brooklyn’s socioeconomic instability and know that pandemics only make matters worse.
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