BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County commissioners on Tuesday will proclaim Nov. 16-24 "National Hunger and Homeless Week."
In recent years the National Coalition for the Homeless and National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness have sponsored the designation.
The purpose of the local proclamation is to educate people about hunger and homelessness, including a shortage of affordable housing in Hernando for low-income residents.
The proclamation also seeks to encourage support for homeless assistance service providers as well as community service opportunities for students and school service organizations.
Among the organizations recognized for committing shelter, supportive services, meals and food supplies to those experiencing homelessness are: Mid Florida Homeless Coalition, Department of Children and Families - Central Region, Hernando Health and Human Services, Jericho Road Ministries, Students and Families in Transition Program, Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Hernando/Citrus District County, Youth and Family Alternatives Inc. - New Beginnings Youth Shelter, Hernando County Community Alliance and others.
"The Board of County Commissioners hereby encourages all citizens to recognize that many people do not have housing and need support from citizens and private/public nonprofit service entities," the proclamation reads.
For more information on this week's meeting, go to: http ://www.co.hernando.fl.us /bocc/pdf/Agendapacket.pdf