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.
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.
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.”