A friend in the USA recently brought my attention to the Pepsi Refresh Project, and the fantastic social cause that she is involved with in Detroit.
The Pepsi Refresh Project is a great cause that looks for people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact in local communities, and offers grants from $5000 USD up to $250,000 USD.
Throughout the world, people live in inadequate housing, and others more fortunate need to be dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes for those in need. In the United States alone, 95 million people have housing problems which equates to one third of the nation. These problems include overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. A recent report in The Economist recently reported some startling figures:
– the number of homeless families has increased by 30% over the past 2 years;
– American’s public schools reported more than 956,000 homeless pupils during the 2008-2009 school year;
– on any given night in America more than 640,000 people are forced to seek shelter.
– the number of homeless Vietnam war veterans is greater than the number who died in it.
Detroit Section 8 Housing helps help house families by providing safe and government backed housing for those unfortunate in the area. Should it be voted worthy of receiving Pepsi’s top grant $200,000 will allow 40 two to three bedroom homes to be purchased at approximately $5000 USD on average, with $50,000 being used to refurbish and habitat homes.
To vote for the Detroit entry, CLICK HERE.
There are many great entries, so please check out the site HERE