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HOMELESSNESS IN COLUMBIA

No Bed to Call Home

Homelessness is complex.
The people are not.

 Seeking basic human needs: shelter, food and safety, Oliver Gospel is ready to help anyone who finds themselves without these basic needs and place to call home.

 
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16.1%

of Richland County's population lives in poverty

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4,268

 people experiencing homelessness

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510 (12%)

were under the age of 18

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53%

report living with a physical or mental disability

Most common reasons why people are unhoused:

Generational Poverty

Lack of affordable housing

Substance abuse

Unexpected unemployment

Political changes in policies & public assistance programs

Domestic violence & abuse

Formerly incarcerated

Economic downturn

Family issues/abandonment

Years of institutional living—mental health facilities, rehab facilities, prison, foster care

Physical disability or mental illness

The lasting solution means
reaching the root cause.

For many that walk through our doors, they are seeking more than just food, shelter, or clothing. They are seeking to find connection and community. Love and opportunity. Hope and housing. Oliver Gospel is helping restore their hope in themselves and others more than just one meal at a time. Through the power of Christ's love.