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Faces of Homelessness

Posted on March 16, 2012

Each year, 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness.  A person is considered homeless “who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.”  People experience homelessness for a variety of reasons, and the worsening economy and rising unemployment rates have only added to the problem. 

On Thursday, March 22nd, join us in the Wooley Room, Mary Lyon from 7:30 to 8:30PM for our first Faces of Homelessness event, brought to us in conjunction with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. Hear currently and formerly homeless individuals from the Boston area discuss their experiences.   

The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is a non-profit public policy organization committed to ending homelessness in the state of Massachusetts.  MHSA hopes to accomplish this goal by reducing the dependence of homeless people on the government and creating alternative ways for individuals to sustain themselves.  MHSA strongly believes that no one should be without a decent place to live.  Homeless affects thousands of poor working people and those with disabilities, mental and addiction who cannot afford housing.  MHSA and its partners are working to create permanent residential solutions to end this problem (www.mhsa.net).

 

Co- sponsored by Wheaton College Habitat for Humanity and the Office of Service, Spirituality and Social Responsibility.

 

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