Scott Willis / WAER News

Nearly all homeless mothers in Syracuse likely have one thing in common:  They’ve experienced trauma as a child or adult.  That’s the conclusion of a study by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institute of Research.  It was funded by the Wilson Foundation based in Rochester.

The study found more than 90% of homeless mothers experienced trauma at much higher rates than the general public.  

  That means locally, as many as 450 women in the Salvation Army's Emergency Family Shelter last year likely brought a history of trauma.   

 The Salvation Army of Syracuse is actually training staff to better understand the traumatic backgrounds some of their clients are likely to bring to their family shelter.  Director of Emergency and Child Welfare services Liddy Hintz  says they’re also working with a mental health services program at St. Joseph’s hospital.  

Former Legislators Honored for Work with the Homeless

Nov 20, 2013
soup kitchen
Brett Samuels / WAER

Former Congressman James Walsh and former Common Councilor Teresa McCarthy-Brusa began doing work to help the homeless about 27 years ago. Wednesday afternoon, they both were recognized for their efforts in front of City Hall as part of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week.

Robert Romano/WAER News

  Around 6000 men, women and children were homeless at one point or another in our community in 2012…and the Syracuse Rescue Mission is spending this week to raise awareness.  

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Chris Bolt / WAER

Construction began today on a brand new home for Scott Brennen, a disabled veteran of the United States Army who will live in the third Veteran's Home built by Syracuse Habitat for Humanity.  The process of raising the walls began Thursday, with an ultimate goal of completing the home in time for  Christmas. 

Brennen returned from service to a paycheck that was too small to support his family. He explained the process that led him to seek aid from Habitat for Humanity:

Chris Bolt

A Rescue Mission Thrifty Shopper store opened its doors today in the Westvale Plaza to try to raise money and support for the local needy.