Chum is needing your help. Many folks have lost their jobs, housing and hope. A recent Wilder Foundation report announced a sharp increase in homeless families. These families average 2.5 children each, which has lead to a huge jump in the number of children without shelter. The average age of these children is 6 1/2 years. Chum in Duluth has seen a 125% increase in homeless families.
Churches United in Ministry
102 West 2nd St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Chum in Duluth Minnesota During 2009:
-60% of the homeless adults served at Chum had a serious mental illness
-836 adults and children found emergency shelter at CHUM
-36 individuals were housed in Chum’s Supported Housing
-The number of homless who were employed 1/2 time or more has decreased by 40%.
Homeless Survery for Minnesota/Oct. 2009 Wilder Foundation:
-700 homeless adults have served in the armed services
-46% of the homeless adults had chronic health conditions during the preceding year
-62% represented people of color and the homeless adult population, but make up 13% of the adult population
-44% were homless adults on a waiting list for public housing.
-40% of the homeless adults reported a jobloss or reduction in hours at work
-39% left their housing due to eviction, forclosure or failure to have their lease renewed