Do Homeless Shelters Make Money?

Do Homeless Shelters Make Money

One of the very common assumptions most people have about homeless poor people is that they can easily get into a homeless shelter and receive food and health care. Well, it’s not the reality in every case!
Other than being a very compassionate and kind purpose of helping out the needy, homeless shelters always require regular resources to keep the love coming.Speaking from a common perspective, money is required to get resources, and from where do homeless shelters make money? This is where the topic gets hot. For starters, the first thing that comes to your mind is that if the homeless shelter supervisors are giving shelter to the needy, then who is supplying them with the goods? Well, you can’t just start jumping to conclusions, because there are a lot of possibilities.

The sign of a good homeless shelter service provider is that they will never mention the stuff they do for the needy or ask anything in return because they are aware of a needy person’s conditions.
It doesn’t take much effort for the shelter providers to search for poor homeless people, they can literally be found anywhere in the streets. If you ask me, this topic is very intriguing, and many would kill to know the gossips going around in the homeless shelters.

Do Homeless Shelters Make Money?

50% of homeless shelters are Government-funds based, and the rest of the 50% are non-profit shelter systems. When you think about it, you obviously think that there has to be someone running this chain because nothing can be done in this materialistic world without money.
For most homeless shelters, morals are everything, and their goal is to produce a model that learns to carry his own weight by shaping into a responsible person. But, other systems work on a different set of rules – they offer careless services to the poor, and that does no good for the deserving.
However, some systems require a fee, which is sometimes received out of generosity from the rich or well-organized people. Basically, they start raising funds. You might have seen a lot of signs and brochures that emphasize “Raise money for the poor” and other charity-related sayings.
The well-established man donates the money to the funding program, and all that money is transferred to the homeless shelters. Other than that, there are a lot of strategies shelter owners use to give and make money.
Homeless shelters often become overcrowded with a large number of needy people, and that is when the franchise comes in.
In government fund-based programs, the homeless shelter providers only have to write a plea, and they get permission to another funds-based franchise, which is run through government funds. Government based homeless shelters may also end up losing their money if any illegal activities start to happen.
This theory is the same in public funds-based homeless shelters. The public donates the money, and another franchise for homeless shelters begins. So, these are the best ways through which a homeless shelter makes money.

Current Situation of Homeless Shelters in the United States of America:

In the United States, there are at least 4 million people give or  take that are poor, without homes and need special attention. Unfortunately, the number of homeless shelters in the United States is not that high, and the number of homeless people is expected to increase.

Due to the current situations of the Trump Government, there are very fewer job opportunities and affordable real estate deals that one can grasp on. However, according to a homeless census report, the majority of homeless shelters are the same as it was five years back, even though the number of poor people is increasing.

Because of this very reason, the demand for homeless shelters is very hot right now. Other than that, most homeless shelters in the United States require several different services, which are provided due to money transfer, but who transfers the money, obviously not the needy, and then who?

As mentioned in the second paragraph, homeless shelters are either non-funds based or funds-based, and through public funds, the services that are supposed to be given to the poor are met. Still, there is a long way to go to the United States before they create morals and integrity-filled models.

Some Interesting Facts about the Homeless Shelter Funds Guide:

 

As mentioned above, due to unemployment and credit jams, a lot of people in the United States are left homeless or require accommodation. A lot has changed in the United States after a recession in the funding processes.
This is why; the government released a notification which led to the increase of funds for further homeless shelter projects. As a conclusion, a very powerful increase was witnessed in the United States after a very terrible era of recession.
The income of homeless shelters increased by 8.1%/11.2% in 2008/2009. Other than that, the demand for homeless shelters also received rapid recognition in 2007. In the next five years, the homeless shelter industry grew to be a better one, thanks to the funds from the government.
In this industry, voluntary help is the main thing, and as a result, the income is often less. This industry contains at least 12,000 employees.
The income made through homeless shelters is $10 billion, but this business is completely disjointed, and there is not a single person who can be responsible or even a single share of the income received from this industry.
Still, the entire federal funding process in all the homeless shelters is carried out by the HUD – Department of Housing and Urban Development. Due to the recent condition of the United States, the funding process will become a bit slow because most Americans do end up getting jobs and rented houses

But, in 2017, the income went through a serious increase in the annual rates. But, the bottom line is, the idea of starting a homeless shelter is through having compassion and the desire to be helpful, then and only then, you will be able to fulfill your cause.

The Competitiveness in Homeless Shelter Industry

There is no denying the fact that homeless shelters have a lot of critics. But, even the thought of becoming a blessing to someone else is merciful, but due to inadequate services, homeless shelters suffer from a lot of criticism.
However, the system has now completely changed. Today, homeless shelters do not contain the funds that are left after completing a service, but they are taken by the government. Every year, all the homeless shelters in the United States are evaluated according to their performances.
In conclusion, a lot of homeless shelters have proved to be the most reliable and continuous effort making shelters. This is a very impressive system through which homeless shelters can prove their reliability and effectiveness.
Moreover, homeless shelters are now becoming very competitive due to the reason of getting evaluated each year. This is a very beneficial move to achieve more efforts and characters from homeless shelters.

The creation of a Homeless shelter is not only an important business, but it also needs to be treated like one. During the process of funding, there is some particular economic analysis required to figure out the risks and threats involved in the industry.

Do Homeless Shelters Perform Drug Tests?

According to the 2013 AHAR evaluation done by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the United States, about 610,042 homeless people were found on the streets of U.S in January.
Among these people, half of them were living in temporary housings while others were sheltering less. Due to being homeless for a long time, needy people often attempt to steal stuff from residential kitchens or rooms and violate the rules of the shelter.
People behave like this due to drugs and alcohol intake. That is why; every homeless shelter is bound to perform drug tests on their potential candidates to avoid such harassment’s like theft, abuse, violence, and etc.

Is It Easy to Manage a Homeless Shelter?

As discussed above, homeless shelters go through a lot of criticism, and the only way to avoid this is just to ignore it. Although it is never easy to manage any business in the outgrowing industry, once you get the hang of it, things can start to make sense.
Managing a homeless shelter is obviously not an easy task, but where love is given, a reward is always expected in return.

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4 Responses

  1. Don’t tell me homeless shelter’s do not profit. I am in one with a private room. I pay $320 a month for me room and three meals. The food guide says the meals to be served must follow the basic for guide, they menus posted. If you looked at the menus and what is served by a catering company you would be shocked at what is served. They say each meal oosts $3,50, we are lucky if we receive a$1.50 meal. They recieve I believe $50 a night per person with 3 meal per day so they put in a one person per room 2 and in some larger rooms 4 people and then a larger room maybe 15×18 square ft. 7 beds and the front admission staff in the day time don’t do hourly rounds they are suppose to. They just set there collecting a pay check. Shelter standards are not followed and most can not even communicate in proper English. I have photos and other evidence but no one wants to listen to some homeless old man.

    1. Stephen:
      Most shelters are nonprofit. And that does not mean they do not make a profit. The profit made if any, has to back into the operation of the not for profit. As the organization was put in place for the greater good of the community they serve. And they are their to the people in the community.

      Living it a room in shelter like situation may not be the best situation. But it is better that residing on the streets, not knowing where the next meal will come from.

      There people in my city of Denton Texas who pay $900.00 or more for just a room. It’s heartbreaking how the homeless are treated in America. It should not be that way. Appreciate you taking time out of your day to comment here. Have a Blessed day!

      1. Hello,
        James, THE STATE OF TX NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE MANY OF THESE PLACES,,*(EXCUSE CAPS, BUT I DO HAVE A HARD TIME WITH SMALL FONTS SOMETIMES…
        IF YOU DONT LIVE THE SHOES WITH THE DECENCY WITHIN SELF, YOU SHOULD HAVE A LIL MORE CONCERN……..WHEN YOU LIVE SOMEWHERE, WITHIN YOUR HOME THE LIVING ROOM IS USUALLY FOR?? A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE MOSTLY BE WITHIN THEIR FAMILY SOCIAL GATHERINGS, TELEVISION & ETC. THE BEDROOM IS BASICALLY A PLACE FOR YOU TO SLEEP WITH A LIL MORE PRIVATCY AND NOT AS MUCH TRAFFIC …..NOW THE BATHROOM IS MAINLY FOR TAKING CARE OF PERSONAL USE AND HYGINE…..DONT YOU THINK? THAT TUB, SHOULD NOT BE A PLACE FOR A PERSON TO SLEEP IN EVERY NIGHT .>>>NOR THE LIVING ROOM >>>>>>>IF YOU RENTING OUT ROOM & BOARD OR A BOARDING HOUSE, THAT SHOULD BE EXPLAINED BEFORE THE FINANCIAL DECISIONS…..ON ROOM FOR RENT OR SPACE FOR RENT THAT MAY OR MAY NOT INCLUDE YOUR MEALS OR YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN MEALS, CLOTHES, AND PERSONAL HYGINES AND TRANSPORTATION..THEY ARE THERE JUST TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A ADDRESS & A TRANSITIONAL OR TEMP.PLACE TO LIVE AS LONG AS YOU CAN PAY FOR A SPOT OR ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD …*(GET IN WHERE YOU CAN FIT IN PLACE UNTIL YOU CAN DO BETTER WITH YOUR FINANCE AND OTHER TRANSITIONAL MOVES AWAYYY FROM THE SHACKLES OF ANYTHING THE GOVT TRAPS PROVIDES OR WHAT PEOPLE WHO IS MISTREATING YOU TAKING YOUR MONEY AND DONT KEEP UP THE PLACE OR HAS PROVIDE THE ACCOMODATIONS INORDER TO LIVE WITHOUT NO WORRIES DURING YOUR LIVING ARRANGEMENTS ..IE * THEFT< RAPE< KILLING<HARRASMENTS OR PREYED UPON, DUE TO WHO HAS WHAT WHEN YOU DONT HAVE >>>>>>ITS NOT ABOUT JUST AT LEAST YOU HAVE SOME KIND OF ROOF >>>>>SOME WHO HAVE DONE THEIR TIME>>>>>>>WHO MAY HAVE RAN OUT OF FUNDS OF SOMETYPE OF RETIREMENT, FAMILY INHERITANCE OR HOWEVER>>>COST OF LIVING CAN GET YOU CAUGHT UP WITH LIVING IN CONDITIONS THAT CAN EITHER LOWER YOUR STANDARDS AND HAVE TO ADJUST TO WEIRD SITUATIONS THAT YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE >>>>>ITS REALLY SAID >THEN MOVE INTO SUCH A PLACE AFTER THEY GET THEIR MONEY TAKEN <>>>>>>>THEN AGAIN, WHO* WOULD KNOW IF NOBODY WOULD INFORM ANYONE HOW THEY ARE BEING TREATED WITH LIMITS OR ACCESS TO WHERE THEY LIVE ??? IF ITS NOT EXPLAINED BY WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR ONCE YOU PAID FOR THE ROOM OR BOARDER HOUSE >>>>>>>>OR ROOM/BOARD * I HAVE NO IDEA IF THAT MEANS >>>>>>NOT BEING IN A BEDROOM TO SLEEP IN A BED<<>NOT HELD LEGALLY BONDED FOR A YEAR IF ITS A TRANSITIONAL SETTING OR TEMP……NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO ACCEPT , ATLEAST YOU NOT ON THE STREETS OR LIVING ON THE STREETS AND HAVE TO BE CONTRACT TO THAT PLACE WITH LIMITED CONDITIONS UNDER ANY ANNUAL CONTRACT..ESP>>IF THE ANY GOVT IS NON PROFIT IS BEING FUNDED , SINCE THERE IS FUNDS BEING DONATES AND THE GOVT HAS TO INSPECT OR CAN BE NOTIFIED OF UNHABITATLE LIVING CONDITITONS & WHEN THEY HAVE TOO MANY LIVING IN UNDER 1 DEWELLING …..HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND, THEY ARE ALREADY DOWN ..AND FOR THE ONES WHO NEED HELP MEDICAL,MENTALLY, or JUST LOST THEIR JOBS OR ENDED A BAD RELATIONS BEFORE THEY GO TO JAIL >>>>>>>>I HOPE THEY MAKE THE SPOT TEMPORARY, UNTIL THEY REACH THE RIGHT PEOPLE OR GET BACK INTO THE JOB MARKET TO ELEVATE THEMSELVES BACK TO A DECENT LIFE THAT THEY CAN LIVE FREELY .>>NOT LIKE A ANIMAL, BAD CHILD, OR INMATE..>AND ANY INMATE OR VET WHO HAS DONT THEIR TIME >>>>>SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE TREATED ANY WORSE, BUT WITH DIGNITY AND HUMANITY >>>>IF THEY DONT HAVE A BEDROOM OR A BED<<<<<>>>>THEY NEED TO EXPLAIN ALL THAT BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING >>>>>>>>>IF THERE IS NOT ACCOMMADATE THESE EXPECTATION THEN THEY CAN SIMPLY CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF HUD / THEN MAKE PLANS OF MOVING DUE TO THE BREECH WITH OTHER RESOURCES TO MAKE PROVISIONS IN RELOCATING TO A PLACE THAT WILL HAVE GIVE THEM SOME KIND OF PRIVATE SPACE WITH A BED THAT THEY DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE TRAFFIC OR SPACE>>>THAT SIMPLE AGREE??? ITS CAN BE LOOKED AT AS BEING A TEMP PLACE TO LIVE UNTIL SITUATION CHANGES OR FOR SAFETY REASON UNTIL THEY CAN DO BETTER >BUT IF THEY NEED A ADDRESS THEN THEY HAVE HOMELESS RESOURCES THAT CAN ASSIST THEM WITHOUT HAVING TO BE MISTREATED OR DEHUMANIZED WITH LIMITED CONDITIONS >>>>>>>THAT IS WHY MANY CHOOSE NOT TO SEEK ANY GOVT HELP >>>>>>>>>>>BUT MAKE SLUM LORDS AND VIOLIATE MANY OF HOUSING CONDITIONS OF LIVING ..THAT SOMETIMES NEEDS TO BE REPORTED >>SO THEY CAN STOP THE TRAFFICING AND MISTREATMENT OF TREATING PEOPLE WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE…….& NEED SOME KIND OF ASSISITANCE >>>>>>EVEN IF THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION HAS DROPPED>>

        1. Hello: And thank you so much for your comment here. Yes, I believe Texas and all other states should look at how they care and shelter the homeless or low income. Many people who have never been homeless have the opinion that they know all about homelessness. But truth be told a person never understands homelessness until they have experienced it for real. Sure you can read about homelessness or watch a TV program about being homeless. But you will never understand it until you have experienced homelessness. It just breaks my heart how some people treat homeless citizens and the stereotypes people have about them. Not all homeless are alcoholics or drug users. And not all homeless individuals are not lazy or cannot work. It is wrong to put the homeless in one category. and judge them the same way. It makes me mad when people mistreat the homeless

          There are many types of shelters out there for people. Some people believe shelters are free. That was not the case for me when I was homeless. It’s my opinion and personal experience that homeless shelters are dangerous for people. I would not suggest people stay in shelters only as an only option. In some cities, the streets are safer than staying in a shelter. Changes need to be made to make shelters safer for people who need to stay there because they have no other place to go. I understand the shelter has to charge something to help cover the cost of water, electricity, and food. But something needs to be put in place not only in Texas but all 50 states and beyond to help those who can’t pay to cover the cost for those with no money at all. I am sure in some states and cities there is funding. Our politicians need to realizes that help begins at home in America and stop sending billions to other countries that don’t need our money, Also the people who fund these homeless shelter or other living places might consider spending the night in a shelter so they can really understand what it is to spend treely like to spend the night at a shelter or other shelters the fund. Something definitely needs to be done to improve the current help system for the homeless. I know the lack of funds and lack of affordable housing is a major problem when it comes to helping the homeless. A lack of funding is often the reason given for people not getting the help they need.

          Thanks again for visiting my blog. I hope you will continue to read and comment on my post. Have a Blessed Day!

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