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Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Contrary to Recent Reports, Homelessness in the U.S. is Increasing

Recently, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its annual report to Congress in which it stated the homelessness decreased slightly from January 2007 to January 2008.

However, these statistics mainly account for the decrease in individual homelessness. HUD has a limited definition of homelessness for families. It does not account for the increase of families doubling up in residences.  HUD's report is also limited in the fact it does not include enough data from the recent economic crisis that more than likely has created even more homeless individuals and families.

FOCUS North America is working to raise awareness about the situation of homelessness and many issues related to poverty in North America and is offering solutions and aid to reach out to those around us in need.

Homelessness stems from a lack of affordable housing. Increasing rents, destruction of traditional low-income housing and cuts in federal housing programs threaten affordable housing with extinction.

According to the NLCHP, the foreclosure and economic crisis are significantly increasing homelessness and the number of families at risk of homelessness in cities and counties across the nation:

· The Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has said that he is receiving preliminary data from cities and organizations showing homelessness increases of as much as 20%.

· Reuters has reported that local and state homeless groups have seen a 61% rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

· On March 27, 2008, CBS News reported that 38% of foreclosures involved rental properties, affecting at least 168,000 households.

· The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune has said that, by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.

· The Boston Herald has reported that eviction filings in Massachusetts rose by 15% in the past quarter alone.

FOCUS North America was formed specifically to work on behalf of the entire Orthodox Church to provide aid domestically, especially in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.  With your support FOCUS North America and its partner ministries, like the Philoxenia House, Reconciliation Services, Trinity Youth Services and St. Brigid Fellowship, offer life-changing care for the homeless and hurting in dire life transitions, especially those with children.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of the poor here at home.

Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Ms. Maria Foscarinis is the Founder & Executive Director of the NLCHP and an

Honorary Board Member of FOCUS North America

 

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

FOCUS North America - Volunteer Oportunity

We are looking for a volunteer to help out with our Social Media Campgain. If you would be intrested in helping spread the word about FOCUS North America by using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter please contact Jacob Lee our Social Media Cordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

__________________________________________________________________

Press Release - FOCUS North America and OYO

FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach OYO Volunteers

http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/Press-Releases/focus-north-america-extends-domestic-aid-with-hundreds-of-orthodox-youth-outreach-volunteers.html

 

__________________________________________________________________

Latest FOCUS North America - Podcast

On this episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast, Fr. Justin Mathews and Jacob Lee interview Fr.Chad Hatfield the Chancler of St. Vladimirs Seminary. Fr. Chad discusses the need for FOCUS North America and the need for Orthodox to serve the poor and needy. Listen in to hear some wonderful insites from Fr. Chad and Fr. Justin on this the latest episode of the FOCUS North America Podcast.

Direct Link to MP3

Dear {contact.first_name},

August is a very busy month for FOCUS North America and our partner ministries!  While many of us go on vacation before the end of the summer, those we serve are still in need during this hot summer month.  Homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness know no summer vacation.  I wrote a short article on the rise of homelessness in the US below that I hope you will take a minute to read today.
Your gifts and support of FOCUS North America during this hot summer month help us to meet the critical needs of those we serve through our programs and partners. Thank you for caring!
FOCUS North America is excited to announce its new program, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO), and to welcome to our committed staff Ms. Katrina Bitar as FOCUS North America's OYO Program Director.  OYO is a program designed to equip and engage our junior high and high school age kids in serving those most in need in our communities and learning to be leaders - see the press release link below!

You can make a gift online by visiting www.focusnorthamerica.org.

God bless you for helping us feed and care for the hungry, homeless, and needy men, women, and children during one of the toughest times of the year!

 

 

For Those We Serve,

 

Fr justin Mathews

 

Fr. Justin MathewS
Executive Director, CEO
FOCUS North America

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

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