Homelessness

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As we enter 2020, it’s no longer a surprise that federal, state, and local policies and programs have systematically disadvantaged people because of their race, gender, and/or sexual identity for decades. Those systemic disadvantages have contributed to a whole host of discriminatory practices that have led to a disproportionate number of people of color and members of the LGBTQ community experiencing poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and whole host of other issues.
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It may be Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, but hunger and homelessness are issues that require support year round. There are many things that you can do to make a direct impact on our community and help people who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Here's a list of easy ways that you can make a difference for someone today.
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Saturday, November 16th is the start of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, which is a week dedicated to drawing attention to poverty. While hunger and homelessness are issues that require attention and support year round, we stand by our fellow social services organizations this week in advocating for community support and funds to address these critical issues.
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Fastening a seatbelt before driving a vehicle, applying sunscreen before a day at the beach, and putting on a helmet before riding a bicycle are strategies many use to reduce the harm associated with potentially risky every day activities. The desire to stay safe is a natural instinct, particularly when the health and wellness of ourselves and those around us may be at risk. Recognizing this risk and taking steps to protect ourselves is the foundation of harm reduction.

Housing First is a human right
Our most basic needs for survival are food, water, warmth, and rest, but a person is only able to maintain these things if they first have safety and security. Housing First is a philosophical approach that says, let’s start with a permanent place to live.
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