ALAMOSA — Every year La Puente hosts HOPE Week, a series of community events designed to promote understanding and boost education about homelessness. In the last few years, La Puente has focused in on one particular issue or topic surrounding homelessness and this year the focus is on families. Throughout the week there will be a series of events and articles shared with the community. For more information please visit http://lapuenteevents.wordpress.com/ or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lapuentehome.
Families with children are the fastest growing homeless population in the United States, representing 41 percent of the homeless population in 2009 (according to the National Coalition for the Homeless - NCH). If we look at homelessness using the federal definition then we are looking at
“an individual who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; or an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is: (1) a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill); (2) an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or (3) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings” (US Department of Housing and Urban Development).For the complete article see the 09-21-2013 issue.
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