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Over 500,000 Americans experienced homelessness in 2019. Resources like transitional and temporary housing, job training and access to emergency needs is helpful—but more than anything, motivation to help end the cycle of homelessness and poverty is the greatest resource. Interested in helping people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet? Here are seven orgs that are hiring people like you!  

Ignite (Formerly Teen Living Programs)—Chicago, IL

Ignite is dedicated to helping young people between the ages of 14 and 24 experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. They provide services like job training, help with emergency needs, housing and more that help create a path out of homelessness. 

Homeless Garden Project—Santa Cruz, CA

Homeless Garden Project provides transitional programs and volunteer programs for those experiencing homelessness. 

Extra-Ordinary Birthdays—College Park, MD

Extra-Ordinary Birthdays helps children of families living in shelters feel special on their birthdays by creating personalized birthday parties for them.

Henry Street Settlement—New York, NY

For over 100 years, Henry Street Settlement has provided services to homeless New Yorkers like transitional housing, mental health clinic, job training and more.  

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans—Washington, DC

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans works to end homelessness among veterans by providing resources specific to veteran needs such as applying for VA benefits, finding medical care and more.    

Congregations for the Homeless—Bellevue, WA

Congregations for the Homeless helps homeless men move toward independent living by offering year-round shelter, day centers, job training and other resources that help end the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

NPIHN—Philadelphia, PA 

NPIHN offers support to homeless families in the Northwest Philadelphia area by working to build relationships between volunteers and the families they serve to offer long term solutions to homelessness. 


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Janet Reyes

I am Idealist's Community Support Manager. After spending some time working in the world of e-commerce, I was led to Idealist by my desire to work in the nonprofit sector.

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