Who are the homeless?

Homeless people are resourceful and persevering  individuals

It is extremely difficult to hold down a job when you have to carry everything you own with you each day. Securing a safe sheltered place to sleep every night, locating a place to shower and use the bathroom, finding a place to clean your clothes is a burdensome time consuming process each and every day.  People experiencing homelessness expend tremendous energy just to survive.  This is contrary to the view that homeless people are lazy and just don’t want to work.

What does homelessness look like in Lancaster County?

120/ hrs/ wk

Number of hours a week a Mom would have to work to afford to live in Lancaster County.

Working poor and single-parent families with children often live in crowded housing. Many are unable to afford a safe and affordable place to live.

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Five women experience violence every second in Lancaster County.

Women are vulnerable to becoming homeless as they are often victims of family violence.


Seniors on fixed incomes have experienced zero cost of living increases since 1995.

Many seniors face eviction and homelessness due to fixed incomes, increased rents and taxes and a decline in their physical and mental health.


Racial minorities in Lancaster County make 30% less on average than non-minorities.

Visible minorities are often at risk of homelessness due to racial prejudice and employment disparities.


More than 1 in 5 Lancaster County residents identify as LGBTQ.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are much more likely to become homeless, as homophobia is still tolerated in many families, schools and communities.

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Top 5 Reasons for Homelessness in the USA*

  1. Lack of affordable housing

  2. Lack of a living wage

  3. Domestic violence

  4. Medical bankruptcy

  5. Mental illness

These events can happen to anyone.

Stories of Resourcefulness & Perseverance

Together As A Family Together As A Family

Last year, Corinne and her family were living in an apartment that was owned by a family friend. Their friend had asked them if they could pay

A Brighter Future A Brighter Future

Earlier this year, Nicole was arrested and spent four months in prison. Her father had recently passed away, and she admittedly didn’t make the

Bekah Bekah

Our friend Bekah* was a single mother of two who contacted ECHOS last year when she was living in a campground—in an uninsulated camper. “It was