In the United States, distinguished by its extraordinary wealth, there are six million poor individuals known to few others but their own families. They cannot vote. They cannot work. Most do not even go to school. They are America's youngest poor--children under six (Statistic from Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy, 6). In the Louisville Metro area, almost 43% of households with children under the age of 5 without a dad at home fell below the poverty line in 2007 (U. S. Census Bureau, 2005-2007 American Community Survey).
In 2007, 23% of all homeless people were members of families with children (National Coalition for the Homeless Fact Sheet #12, June 2008).
Estimates of the number of homeless children range from 800,00 to 1.2 million, and in 1995, 4.2% of children under the age of one year were homeless (Urban Institute, 2000; Culhande & Metraux, 1999).
At least half of homeless children are under the age of 5 (National Center on Family Homelessness, 1999).
Homeless families are most commonly headed by single mothers in their late 20s with approximately two children (Rog & Buckner, 2007).
How will the church step in with Word and deed?