Homelessness Awareness Week: November 12-20

APA’s Office and Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) will join more than 500 schools, communities, and organizations across the nation in recognizing National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week from November 12-20, 2011. Sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is an opportunity to bring attention to and break down the stereotypes that surround the root causes of poverty at the local, national, and global levels. It is also a chance to explore the ever changing definition of what constitutes “homelessness” in America and highlight the ways in which many fields, like psychology, can make a difference. For more information on how psychologists can play a role in addressing homelessness, please see the Report of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness.

APA will also host a 9-day campaign on the Twitter page of Dr. Gwendolyn P. Keita, Executive Director of APA’s Public Interest Directorate. Keita will be providing information and statistics, as well as links for APA members or the general public to get involved and volunteer during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.  Summary fact sheets from the Report of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness will also be available on the website.