Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.

This year, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week will be held from November 15-23, 2014.

Let us know what you're doing so we can share your good work:

Resources from National Coalition for the Homeless and National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness

Read "The Story of Hungry" - a look at hunger through the eyes of a child.

 

Harvard and Homelessness

Inside Higer Ed, August 27, 2010 - Every year, some Harvard University students -- between classes and other activities -- begin to notice the constant presence of homeless people in Harvard Square. And some wonder how they, privileged students at the world's wealthiest university, can help. Many of them come across the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and there they stay, sucked in, enthusiastic, and eager.

Shelter: Where Harvard Meets the Homeless, to be released in September by Continuum Books, examines the history and the workings of the shelter, and the lives of the homeless who stay there and the students who run it. According to Scott Seider, the author of the book and a professor of education at Boston University, it’s the only completely student-run homeless shelter in the country.

Hunger & homelessness resources from the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Raise awareness and promote ending hunger and homelessness in your community and strengthen the national endeavor to end hunger and homelessness with these resources, grants, and networking opportunities

PIP Shelter To Close – Worcester’s Efforts Become a Model for Our Nation

WORCESTER —  The city has drawn admirers from Boston to Washington for its efforts to combat homelessness.

Worcester has practically eliminated chronic homelessness in the past three years and is poised to close its homeless shelter Jan. 31, officials say.

Officials say the decades-old People in Peril Shelter at 701 Main St., the target of neighborhood ire for decades, will close, but homeless people will be better served.

In November 2007, Community Healthlink and South Middlesex Opportunity Council, two nonprofit agencies that serve homeless people, counted 197 people who were chronically homeless, according to David E. McCloskey, director of PIP, which is now pointedly renamed the Greater Worcester Housing Connection. Under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition, those 197 people are people who have been homeless for at least a year or four times in three years.

“Today there are only two chronically homeless people who are not housed,” Deborah J. Ekstrom,Community Healthlink president and CEO, said last week. “We believe this is a first in the country.”

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