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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week runs through Nov. 21

LIHU‘E — On Monday, Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami proclaimed Nov. 13 through 21 as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week — a national effort to educate the public, bring awareness to the problem of poverty, and support volunteers engaged in the community.

“As we approach this holiday season, no one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head, but the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people,” Kawakami said in a release.

The Kaua‘i County Council also presented a certificate, and Gov. David Ige’s Liaison Carrice Gardner shared remarks during Monday’s ceremony which was hosted by the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency and attended by various agencies including representatives from YWCA, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, Project Vision Hawai‘i, Salvation Army, Hale ‘Opio, Ho‘ola Lahui, Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity, U.S. VETS, and CARE Hawai‘i.

In observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Kaua‘i Community Alliance will also host the third annual Kaua‘i Housing Connect homeless outreach event on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Salvation Army in Lihu‘e.

Over 10 non-profit agencies were be in attendance offering services such as flu vaccinations, hot showers, hygiene products, vision screening, resource cards, food, and sign-ups for housing vouchers and bus pass programs.

To learn more about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week or about Kaua‘i’s outreach programs, please call Kaua‘i County Housing Agency homeless coordinator at 241-4427 or email avarner@kauai.gov.
Source: The Garden Island

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