A Growing Number of People, and Their Pets, Face Homelesness
The homeless crisis in the U.S. continues to rise every year, and with the economic impact of COVID-19, experts expect an even larger number of Americans have become or will become homeless.
Over 560,000 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2019. Up to 10% of all homeless people have a pet companion. Good Packs aims to help these people and their pets with necessary supplies and support.
A shortage of pet-friendly shelters means that individuals dedicated to remaining with their beloved pets are often are forced to choose between seeking shelter, or staying with their animal companions. Every night, thousands of homeless people forgo shelter to preserve their bond with a cherished dog or other pet. Greater Good Charities’ Good Packs helps keep people and their pets together during the deepest moments of crisis, and ensures that the emotional support the human-animal bond provides can continue.
Maintaining the Human-Animal Bond in Times of Crisis
Greater Good Charities’ Good Packs provide essential supplies to homeless people, including veterans and victims of domestic violence. Each Good Pack is a self-support kit containing basic survival supplies for homeless—or imminently homeless—people and their pets.
Each Good Pack is a sealed backpack that includes essential items, like a warm blanket, t-shirt, socks, soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste and a reusable water bottle. Good Packs also have a supplemental Pet Pack for those with a pet and includes dog food and treats, a dog toy, a slip lead and a collapsible water/food dish all assembled in a packing cube.
We have distributed thousands of Good Packs across the country, helping people experiencing homelessness or living in transitional housing endure another day, so they can keep moving toward long-term solutions.
We Distribute Good Packs to the Following Populations
Over 37,000 veterans experienced homelessness in January 2019, and experts fear that number may rise amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Good Packs aim to support veterans experiencing homelessness or those in transitional housing.
People Experiencing Homelessness
Due to the economic damage of COVID-19, one in three adults now have difficulty covering household expenses. One in six adults nationwide are not caught up on rent, and there is expected to be a spike in homelessness as eviction moratoriums expire. Good Packs provide basic necessities to keep people and their pets healthy in this time.
People Fleeing Domestic Violence
One in 4 women and one in 10 men experience intimate partner violence, and this statistic has only gotten more dangerous during stay-at-home orders across the country. Our Good Packs help people fleeing domestic violence get basic supplies they need on their journey to safety together.
People and Pets Affected by Natural Disasters
The recent increases in the number and devastation of natural disasters has caused hundreds of thousands of people and their to have to flee their homes with just the clothes on their back. Good Packs provide respite in these uncertain times.