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 main entrance of Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus (yes, it’s a different location this year!), they are organized into groups of 3-5 people and are then 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.
Homeless individuals with no access to shelter are three times more likely to die than those who are sheltered.
Approximately 200,000 people, every year, depend upon emergency food and shelter services in Western Massachusetts.
Shelter Sunday Committee 2019