Readshaw resolution aims to increase awareness and advocacy

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – The House adopted a resolution declaring Nov. 16 through Nov. 24 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, as introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.

Readshaw explained that H.R. 551 was introduced to encourage all Pennsylvanians to get involved in awareness activities as organizers, volunteers or attendees, and as a reminder to think of those less fortunate who may be struggling with basic needs as winter approaches.

“On any given day, there are about 13,512 homeless people in Pennsylvania, 982 of whom are veterans and 684 of whom are unaccompanied youth,” Readshaw said. “This resolution, adopted today by my colleagues, further acknowledges that 1 in 8 Pennsylvanians and 1 in 6 children struggles with hunger.

“As the weather turns colder and our homeless population grapples with the need to find shelter and food, I believe it is an opportune time to raise awareness about the impact hunger and homelessness has on our communities and our neighbors,” Readshaw said. “No one in Pennsylvania and beyond should have to live without a permanent home or filling, nutritious meal.”