Clothing

The average unhoused  person walks 8.5 miles a day.  Shelters typically make their clients leave between 9:00 and 5:00, and they have to walk New Haven’s streets to find what they need to survive.  Shoes, socks, and feet take a beating.  Except in the very worst weather, they are exposed to the weather: wool caps and parkas are important to survival.  Without the means to keep their clothing washed, socks need to be discarded most often: if not, the health of unhoused people’s feet quickly deteriorate.   Distributing clothing and socks is as important as handing out a meal.