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11-6-12 National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

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11-6-12 National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
There are an estimated 2,800 homeless in Lee County. The homeless count completed in January 2012 indicated that of the sampling, 25% were chronic homeless, 10% were veterans, 63% reported having a disabling condition and 6% were families with children; and Whereas: The primary cause of homelessness is the lack of housing that is affordable to very low income people, along with the economic crisis, further complicated by domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness; and Whereas: The mission of the Lee County Homeless Coalition is to advocate, educate, and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning and implementing solutions; and Whereas: November 10 to 18, 2012 is designated as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week to educate the public and bring awareness to the needs of the homeless; and Whereas: The Lee County Homeless Coalition will sponsor several events during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week to promote awareness in the community; and Whereas: The Lee County Homeless Coalition will sponsor the “Homeless Challenge” as an educational tool providing awareness to those who participate. The Challenge will take place during the week of November 10 to 18. During one event participants will live on the streets as a person experiencing homelessness. This Challenge will provide a life-altering experience with the power to effect change. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the week of November 10 through 18, 2012 as: NATIONAL HUNGER and HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS WEEK in Lee County and recognize that this is a week of special importance and encourages all citizens to recognize that many people do not have housing and need support from citizens, and private/public nonprofit service entities.