EATON — The Preble County Board of Commissioners declared Nov. 15-22 as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Preble County in addition to naming November National Adoption Month during their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.
Representatives from the HIT Foundation, Preble County Habitat for Humanity and the YWCA were present to join the commissioners in the proclamation for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Part of the proclamation reads, “The purpose of this proclamation is to educate the public about the many reasons people are hungry and homeless including poverty, the shortage of affordable housing across all income levels, mental health, domestic violence, addiction, and a lack of living wages; and to encourage and support for homeless assistance service providers as well as community service opportunities for all; and, whereas, Preble County recognizes that if we work together, hunger and homelessness can be resolved…”
According to the website for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, it is “designed to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty, and build up the base of volunteers and supporters for local anti-poverty agencies. Groups spend this week generating publicity about hunger and homelessness and holding a series of events to engage their communities.
“More than 700 colleges, high schools, and community groups across the country will come together during this week to raise awareness about the pressing issues of hunger and homelessness.”
Also during this meeting, the commissioners declared November as National Adoption Month.
According to the Children’s Bureau, “National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau with the goal to increase national awareness of the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system.”
Representatives from Job and Family Services were present for the proclamation.
The Preble County Board of Commissioners meet every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Preble County Courthouse. These meetings are open to the public.
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