The native Homeless Intervention Job Power will host a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Lot G at Blackhawk Technical School, 6004 S. County G. Glow sticks will probably be offered.
Organizers invite anybody who desires to boost consciousness and present assist for the homeless, the previously homeless and the businesses who serve them, in line with a information launch.
The discharge says space shelters are at capability with lengthy ready lists and 350 to 400 native individuals, many households with kids, will probably be with out satisfactory shelter on any given night time.
“The homeless usually are hidden from our view, staying in shelters, vehicles, deserted buildings or sofa browsing in houses the place they don’t know from daily if they’ll be capable to keep one other night time or have to go away,” in line with the discharge. “Many are working, and others don’t know when they’ll get their subsequent meal.”
The occasion is being held throughout nationwide Starvation & Homelessness Consciousness Week.
“The candlelight vigil is our alternative to acknowledge the struggling of those that face homelessness, in addition to our alternative to decide to working collectively to elevate up those that want us,” stated Tammy DeGarmo, government director of Undertaking 16:49 and job pressure chairperson.
Lack of inexpensive housing, unemployment, poverty, incapacity, bodily and psychological well being issues and age are among the many causes of homelessness. Solely 25% of these thought-about eligible for federal housing help obtain assist due to an absence of funding, in line with the discharge.
“Homelessness shouldn’t be considered as a person’s drawback affecting solely those that expertise it every night time. Slightly, as a society difficulty that impacts all of us and that each one of us have a shared accountability to handle,” DeGarmo stated.
For info, name a member of the duty pressure’s government committee: Tammy DeGarmo of Undertaking 16:49, 608-314-5501; Jessica Locher of ECHO, 608-754-5333; Devin Blay-Stahl of Household Promise, 608-363-0683; or Elizabeth Knapp-Spooner of Neighborhood Motion, 262-882-3662.