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File #: 190919    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/14/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 11/14/2019
Title: Proclaiming November 16-24, 2019, as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Philadelphia and honoring organizations, advocates, and City workers for their work supporting Philadelphia's most vulnerable.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Reynolds Brown
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19091900
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Proclaiming November 16-24, 2019, as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Philadelphia and honoring organizations, advocates, and City workers for their work supporting Philadelphia's most vulnerable.
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WHEREAS, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is recognized nationally every November; and

WHEREAS, About one in five Philadelphians face hunger or food insecurity; and

WHEREAS, The Office of Homeless Services' Food Access Unit works with dozens of meal sites and organizations providing over one million nutritious meals to those experiencing hunger every year; and

WHEREAS, Every year the Office of Homeless Services works with over 60 providers and organizations helping over 11,000 people who are facing a housing crisis and another 5,000 through permanent housing programs; and

WHEREAS, Despite having the highest rate of poverty of any major U.S. City, Philadelphia also has the lowest rate of street homelessness; and

WHEREAS, In the face of federal cuts over several decades to affordable housing and homelessness programs, Philadelphia taxpayers have stepped in to help our City's most vulnerable by providing local support of these vital programs; and

WHEREAS, Last year alone, the Office of Homeless Services was able to assist 1300 families avoid homelessness through prevention programs; and

WHEREAS, Since 2016, the Office of Homeless Services has added 400 permanent supportive housing units so that those with serious disabilities can move off the street or out of shelter and into a home; and

WHEREAS, While Philadelphia still needs about 2500 more affordable units at an additional cost of $25 million annually to effectively end chronic street homelessness in the City, workers and advocates leverage what resources they do have to nonetheless make Philadelphia's system one of the best in the nation; and

WHEREAS, Over the next week across Philadelphia, organizations and advocates both in and out of City government are holding...

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