Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Speakers

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Speakers

Tim Benson

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Speakers

Tim Benson

Tim Benson

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Speakers

Tim Benson, Contributing Writer

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On November 13th, GSU hosted an event called Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. It was a Pride Action Tank lunch discussion. This lunch discussed how someone can become homeless. It started off with a woman named Laura Stempel. She asked for our names and our pronouns. These pronouns identify what gender we identified with (male, female, nonbinary, and so on). This lunch was heavily based on the LGBTQ community and the struggles that are a part of it. A lot of people from that community suffer from homelessness, especially at college campuses. Laura explained how Pride Action Tank is an organization that is meant to help homelessness among everyone, regardless of gender and self-identification.

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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Speakers

Linda Coleman was the next one to speak and she explained what were some of the things that GSU was doing to fight against homeless students. At this point, we started to discuss things like financial aid. For example, there are three questions based on homelessness. If you qualify for that, you will get extra room and board money for school. The school has dorm rooms to combat the homelessness situation; however, they only provide 24-48 hours per week for a potentially homeless friend to stay over. Everyone that sat at the table discussed how they want to change that in some way. Whether it is to give more time to people in need or to try and get a scholarship or two to help acquiring housing easier. It got a little emotional at this point. They all explained how they met a student that was unable to keep a home but choose to still go to school.

The best part was the information on where to go for help. For instance, going to www.govst.edu/gsu4u has information about what kind of help is out there. The phone number is 708-235-2845 or in room C1310. There is also www.govst.edu/jaguarden. Information about things like D.E.N Bags (Distributing Emergency Necessities) from that page. These provide toilet essentials if you are in need. Or if you like to call, the number is 708-235-7362. If there is any more information you need, please contact them.

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