This Thanksgiving, Your Impact on Homelessness is the Reason We’re Thankful

As we approach the end of yet another year mired with confounding, seemingly-insurmountable challenges, the Thanksgiving holiday represents a chance to pause, reflect, check in with ourselves and one another, and perhaps most importantly to consider what makes us feel truly grateful.

This holiday season, our appreciation for you, our supporters, is deeper than ever.

For over a year and a half now, the country, the world, and critically, people experiencing or at risk of homelessness have existed in a state of constant risk and uncertainty unlike anything most of us had ever experienced. Throughout it, however, our supporters have selflessly remained committed, investing of themselves, their time, their energy and their resources. Knowing that we at the Alliance have the lasting partnership of people who are as equally as committed to ending homelessness as we are makes our work possible, and makes everything we do even more rewarding.

We are also so grateful to know that even now, as many of us move back toward a more “normal” state of affairs, our friends and partners understand the continued importance of advocating on behalf of people experiencing homelessness.

The last two years have underscored what we here have long known: Home is absolutely critical. It is the foundation for being safe, healthy, and productive.

Yet, more than 580,000 people remain homeless, with many of them sleeping outdoors. Many are minors, families with small children, people with disabilities, or veterans. And each one of them deserves a safe, stable place to call home.

We hold firm to our hope that one day soon they will each be housed and will have access to the critical support services they may need. We have spent another year working hard to turn that hope into reality, to protect the most vulnerable people during a global pandemic and increased social upheaval, and to decrease the overall number of people who have to experience homelessness. By engaging in targeted research, supporting effective policies, and promoting policy solutions that work, the Alliance has helped to secure billions of dollars in federal resources in support of people presently or near experiencing homelessness. We have helped communities across the country leverage those resources efficiently, in advance of our shared goal to prevent and end homelessness.

The current state of things may seem grim at times, but change is happening, and more is on the horizon. None of it would be possible without your help.

From all of us here at the Alliance: We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!