National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week (HHAW) is November 11th through November 19th.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) 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, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger or homelessness. HHAW offers the chance to contribute to a national social movement. NCH’s aim is and always will be to eradicate homelessness by solving the root causes of it. We aim for activism in this vein. For this year’s HHAW we are focusing on the laws passed by local governments around the nation which prevent people experiencing homelessness from doing life-sustaining activities. Let’s bring light to this issue, pressure lawmakers and Bring America Home together!

As Homelessness becomes worse, localities have sought to criminalize life-sustaining activities in public spaces. By making it illegal to share food in public spaces or lie down in parks, and even constructing spikes to keep homeless people from resting, our society refuses to let humans carry on life in public spaces. This only makes issues of homelessness worse and more costly for governments and taxpayers. This year’s HHAW focuses on anti-criminalization efforts. Homelessness activists have identified sleep-outs as an easy way to gain attention and push against policy makers. Please consider taking action with people like you across the country and share your pictures with the hashtag: #HHweek. Follow H&H Awareness week on Twitter to keep up to date about this year’s planning and events.