November 10-18 Declared National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.
On October 23, 2018, Gabe Gluba, ASAC Director of Clinton/Jackson Clinical Services and Laura Burget, YWCA Empowerment Director read the Proclamation declaring November 10-18, 2018 National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The event took place at the Clinton City Council meeting.
Pictured is Gabe Gluba and Laura Burget Center behind City of Clinton officials and City of Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich signing the proclmation.
You and all citizens have real political power to add to the struggle to end homelessness and the power to educate your community members and politicians. You can help to change the conversation about stereotypes, improve policy, help service providers, and so much more. NCH is and was made up of individuals who contributed to an impactful history of social activism resulting in real victories for the homelessness movement. As the basic act of obtaining a home becomes more difficult, the cry for action echoes louder than ever before. Be a part of something BIG!
Ending the Criminalization of Homelessness
Each year, we prioritize one advocacy issue as part of the Week’s message. This year, that issue is the criminalization of homelessness. Many cities have passed laws making it illegal for the homeless to sit, stand, sleep, or eat in public spaces. In some, it’s also illegal to distribute food to hungry individuals on the street. If your city has passed similar laws, take a little time during your Week to speak out.