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Helping the Homeless in Communities Across the Country

Rosie Allen Herring

In cities and towns across the country, more than 630,000 people will experience homelessness this year. More than one-third are in families with children. One in 10 are veterans.1

The challenge of homelessness can seem overwhelming, but there is hope for the homeless when all of us do our part.

At Fannie Mae, we are fiercely committed to preventing and ending homelessness in America. For 25 years, our annual Help the Homeless Program (HTH) has helped to strengthen nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

The centerpiece of the HTH program is a regional community walk model. This year, thousands of people are taking to the streets to raise awareness about homelessness and support organizations that are on the front lines of this challenge. More than 55,000 people have together raised more than $1.8 million so far – and there is still time to get involved.

By November 30, community organizations will host nearly 700 walks as well as other fundraisers and volunteer events in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. You can do your part by visiting www.hthwalks.org to find out how to participate in your local community. The deadline to register for a community walk is Nov. 11, so sign up today. You can also donate to the HTH beneficiary of your choice through Nov. 30.

You may be walking along side a Fannie Mae employee. Each year, our employees and their families rally to support and join in the walks in their communities, volunteer with nonprofit organizations, coordinate fundraisers, and donate to the program.

All proceeds directly benefit the beneficiary organizations, which provide services to children, families, and veterans facing homelessness. Services include permanent affordable and supportive housing, emergency shelter, and prevention services (like rapid re-housing) that enable families and individuals to avoid homelessness. Many beneficiary organizations also offer effective support resources such as food programs, case management, health care, child care, drug and alcohol treatment, job training and placement, housing counseling, and financial skills training.

November is a time when we give thanks for our many blessings. It is also a time to offer our support to those who are less fortunate. To find out how you can help put an end to homelessness, please visit www.hthwalks.org.

Rosie Allen Herring
Community Investments & Engagement

November 7, 2012

The views expressed in these articles reflect the personal views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of any other person, including Fannie Mae or its Conservator. Any figures or estimates included in an article are solely the responsibility of the author.

1 Statistics provided by National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Homelessness Research Institute's The State of Homelessness in America 2012 report.

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