Shelter Sunday is a one day door to door solicitation of Amherst neighborhoods. On the third Sunday in October, community and student volunteers walk door-to-door through the neighborhoods of Amherst. After gathering in the lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center, they go out in groups of 3-5 people and sent out to Canvass. Within a few hours they visit over 3,400 residences.
Facts about Homelessness
There are approximately 1,820 homeless individuals living in the Amherst area at any given time.
Of the 1,820 homeless individuals living in the Amherst area, about 180 are chronically homeless, and 500 are Veterans.
Unsheltered homeless are 3x more likely to die than sheltered homeless.
Approximately 200,000 people, every year, depend upon emergency food and shelter services in Western Massachusetts.
Shelter Sunday Committee 2018