According to the last sanctioned point-in-time count from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) back in January of 2014, nearly 600,000 Americans are homeless, nearly a quarter of which are children. Much of what most people associate with homelessness is actually a condition referred to as "chronic homelessness." Per the National Alliance to End Homelessness:
"Chronic" has a specific definition, involving either long-term and/or repeated bouts of homelessness coupled with disability (physical or mental). People experiencing chronic homelessness often end up living in shelters and consume a plurality of the homeless assistance system’s resources.
Helping to shine a light on the persistence of a civic problem that affects anyone living in urban areas, Rams defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes recently went undercover as homeless to get a sense of what it's like to live on the streets without shelter. ESPN recorded the entire things and will air a segment on Sunday during SportsCenter as part of their SC Featured series.
The Rams donate $1,000 for every sack to St. Patrick's Center, a facility run by the Catholic Charities of St. Louis that offers housing, employment and health programs to help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence.