Today, hundreds of colleges, churches, community groups, and service agencies across the country announced the start of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual week of action where people come together to draw attention to poverty in their communities. Participating organizations will spend the week holding educational, community service, fundraising, and advocacy events to address these critical issues.
“This is the time of year when we all reflect on our lives, finding gratitude and peace in where and who we are,” said Megan Hustings, Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. “But there are so many families that will not be able to come together during the season, strained by poor paying jobs, the lack of affordable housing, and even destitution. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week brings communities across the country together to educate ourselves and our elected officials about what is really happening in our communities.”
|H&H Week: A Quick Reference Guide|
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. The event originated at Villanova University in 1975, and now takes place in nearly 700 communities across the country.
“Hunger and homelessness are epidemics that sadly affect every community across America,” said James Dubick, Director of the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week gives local groups a collective opportunity to tackle these issues head on, rally public support, and call for solutions.”
Let us reiterate, it is imperative that we let our voices be heard that homelessness and hunger need to be addressed in real ways. We need to hold our elected officials and communities accountable to ensuring that all of our neighbors have access to safe, affordable housing, and the supports needed to maintain that housing.
Ideas for raising awareness
- Host a film screening. All of these are great choices:
- Coordinate around important issues:
- Nov. 15th: Launch of the Housing Not Handcuffs campaign to fight the Criminalization of Homelessness. Visit www.housingnothandcuffs.org to learn more. Take action by endorsing our statement of principles – that noone should be arresting/fined/discriminated against for not having a home: http://housingnothandcuffs.org/endorse/
- Nov. 19th: World Toilet Day. Help raise awareness of the important of access to clean water and sanitation. Look here for more: http://www.worldtoiletday.info/, or find out what advocates in San Francisco and Washington, DC are doing to help people without homes take care of their hygiene.
- Nov. 20th: Transgender Day of Remembrance. Those who identify as transgender often face extreme difficulty and discrimination in accessing public services. For more about the day of remembrance, visit https://tdor.info/ or http://www.glaad.org/tdor. For resources on housing for people who are transgender, visit http://www.transequality.org/issues/housing-homelessness.
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