Homelessness in America is still a big problem, even here in Erie. The Erie City mission has been fighting the good fight and giving hope, recovery, and chances to thousands of men, women, and children. “Our community really is blessed to have several providers who are specifically looking at people that are suffering from homelessness,” said Darrell A. Smith from Erie City Mission.
In order to help Erie City Mission has made up five different programs which include the new life program, Samaritan’s care men’s shelter, and hunger relief. Their goal is to restore hope and transform lives. People can become homeless because of may different factors. One group also affected are our Veterans. “I think we’re doing a good job we’re set up so we can meet the needs of most homeless populations whether it be families with children or underage children,” said Stephen Durant from Erie United Methodist Alliance Veteran’s Affairs.
In Erie Veterans can stay at Liberty house for three to six months. During their stay staff members provide them with support and advocacy so they can get back on their feet.