Advocacy groups are pointing to the Bush policies that have reduced some housing aid as prompting new increases in homelessness. This article from MSN.com estimates that about 744,000 people are homeless in the US, and Rhode Island has one of the highest homelessness rates in the country. There is also concern, given our long-term military involvement in Iraq, about an increasing population of homeless veterans, as detailed here.
Now there is a way to help. National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 11 – 17th. From now until November 17th, items for donation are being collected at Met Life offices, both at 700 Quaker Lane in the north and south lobbies and in the main lobby of the Division Road Complex. Items requested: backpacks, socks, blankets, mittens and gloves, deodorant, shampoo, combs and brushes, towels, underwear, hats and scarves, sweaters and sweatshirts, baby powder, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and feminine hygiene products.
There is also a Kick-Off Rally taking place on Saturday, November 10, 2007 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm at The Cathedral of St. John, 271 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Admission is free and guest speakers include Mayor David Cicilline. There will also be music and dance performances, free food, and videos. For more information on the rally, contact Artie Russo at 401-261-8499 or George Trudell at 401-808-7024.