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Other donations. It’s very easy to donate, either directly to Swipes or through one of our partner sites:
- PayPal: You can donate directly to Swipes via PayPal using our tool on the right, or contact us.
- American Express: You can donate your American Express points to Swipes via their Members Give program.
- eBay: You can buy and sell items on eBay Giving Works and have a portion of the sale go to Swipes!
- Amazon.com: You can shop on Amazon.com, and have 0.5% of all your purchases support Swipes by selecting “Swipes for the Homeless” on the Amazon Smile page.
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We have plenty of volunteer opportunities on a local and national level. Here are three ways to stay involved:
- Contact your local chapter. Check out the Current Chapters section to find a chapter near you. Leadership and volunteer opportunities arise year round! No chapter near you? Look into starting a chapter or contact us for opportunities on a national level.
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Make your voice heard. Have an opinion on a policy on your community? Call your congressperson! Here’s something our government is working on and we want to support! Read through and, if you agree, follow the instructions at the bottom!
Did you know that the federal government has made a strong commitment to ending chronic homeless by the end of 2016? One of the steps that the President is taking to do this is proposing a 14 percent increase for the Department of Housing and Urban Development Homeless Assistance Grants. The grants fund local, regional and state homeless assistance programs in providing permanent and supportive housing, transitional housing, and other services to the homeless population. Housing assistance lifts more than a million people out of poverty and is closely linked to educational, developmental and health benefits. By providing housing assistance, homeless families, veterans and individuals are a lot closer to achieving self-sufficiency.
It is important to show our support for the increase in Homeless Assistance Grants and the increase that President Obama proposed. Right now the budget is up for approval in the Senate, call your senator to let them know you support this!
For those of you in California make a call to Diane Feinstein (202-224-3841) and Barbara Boxer (202-224-3553) and for those of you in Chicago call Dick Durbin (202-224-2152) and Mark Kirk (202-224-2854). You will most likely talk to a staff person and here are some things you can say:
“Hello, my name is _______ and I am a constituent of (name of senator or representative). I am calling today to urge them to support increased funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants”
Chronic homelessness is a huge issue in our country, on a given night there are over 100,000 americans living on the streets. Many housing assistant programs have had to turn people away because of a lack of funding. The long-term decline in HUD funding has greatly impeded our nation’s ability to provide safe and affordable housing to our nation’s neediest people and we must now work to ensure that each person has a suitable living environment.
HUD’s homeless assistance grants have a long history of strong, bipartisan support because they are effective in preventing and ending homelessness. These grants support the end of chronic homelessness which the government you are a part of has pledge to end by 2016.
I hope you will work with your colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to provide $2.405 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in the final FY 2015 appropriations bill.