When treating chronic homelessness, substance abuse treatment is vital to success. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration up to 50% of the chronically homeless in major cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Houston suffer from substance abuse problems. These problems directly contribute to the person being homeless and by correcting such issues a person can get on track to finding a home. Through furniture donation Houston Texas you can help us provide these programs for free within our community.
Substance abuse services are important because not only are abusers more likely to be homeless but they are more likely to be homeless for longer periods of time. Based on recent homeless statistics most people fall within these three categories:
- Temporary Homelessness: These people are homeless once in their lives often caused by a job loss or divorce. Such people often get back on their feet after a short period of time;
- Episodic Homelessness: This group includes people who are intermittently homeless who use services sporadically as needed;
- Chronic Homelessness: The chronic homeless are those without a residence for months on end. These people require constant attention and live off the services homeless shelters provide.
Those with substance abuse problems make up a disproportionate number of people in the latter two groups. Because these people spend all or most of the money they have on drugs or alcohol they cannot afford to remain in a home. And because these substance abusers can have unpredictable behavior they often cannot rely on family or friends to take them in.
How a Furniture Donation Service in Houston Texas Helps Substance Abusers
Through furniture donation Houston Texas we can sell used furniture at our thrift store. This provides the funding we need in order to keep the substance abuse services for those who need it. Because we rely solely on private donations to fund these programs any and all furniture donations are greatly appreciated.