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The reality of being homeless: "You don't know if someone is going to attack you."

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Field House for the Homeless is working on raising money to open up a new women’s shelter in Hattiesburg.

The CDC reported that there are over 500,000 people that are homeless in the United States and about 28 percent are women.

One of these women is Victoria Eidson. For over a year, she has lived without knowing where she would get her next meal or when she would sleep.

“It’s not something you’re going to grasp because sleeping in the woods or on the floor or on concrete I mean, you are messing up your own body,” Eidson said. 

In addition, homeless women like Cambre Vincent said they feel like targets for violence or sexual abuse.

“You never know what is going to happen, you don’t know if someone is going to attack you or if you are going to pass out and nobody knows where you are,” Vincent said. 

This fear is common for homeless women across the country.  A study done by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence reported that 13 percent of homeless women were raped in the past 12 months.

To protect these women, the Field House for the Homeless plans on raising about $100,000 to open up a women’s shelter.

“There are not that many places for women to go especially with kids, there is a lot of limitations for them,” said Terence Taylor with the Field House for the Homeless.

If the money is raised, women who are struggling to find a home or shelter would have a place to stay.  

“Just knowing that you’re going to be okay and you’ve got a place to lay your head and take a shower," Eidson said. 

The shelter will have space for about 20 women and includes rooms for families as well. This non-profit will also help women get their ID’s, birth certificates and eventually their own jobs.

The fundraiser is called “Camp Out to Stamp Out Homelessness” and will take place at the Timberton Baseball Park on William Carey Drive from 6 p.m. on Friday to 6 p.m on Saturday.

To learn more about the event go to Field House for the Homeless Facebook page

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