Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Events, Nov. 14-17

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The George Washington University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is hosting a week to increase awareness of the pervasive problem of homelessness. For every 10,000 people in Washington in 2007, there were 90 that are homeless. (National Alliance to End Homelessness). Current estimates have that number higher, estimating approximately 6,500 homeless folks living in the District. From 2008 to 2009, the number of people in homeless families increased 25%, and again by 10% from 2009 to 2010. This, coupled with the number of shelter closures throughout the city in the past few years (several of which resulted in lawsuits with the city), along with budget cuts to services, keeps this issue critical for the DC population.

GWU is hosting a wide variety of events this week, as well as a  food drive in residence halls benefiting Capital Area Food Bank. The week ends with the Fannie Mae-sponsored Health the Homeless Walkathon on the 19th.

Further reading: Occupy DC protesters welcomed by [some] local homeless, WaPo

Organizations (that you can volunteer with!): Capital Area Food Bank, Miriam’s Kitchen, Street Sense, Bread for the City