The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted H.R. 386, introduced by Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.
The resolution declares Nov. 17-23 as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that there are 3.5 million homeless people in the United States, and the number is increasing due to joblessness and a shortage of available housing.
In Pennsylvania, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 494,600, or 10 percent of Pennsylvania households, experience hunger.
“Hunger and homelessness are all around us,” Rep. Readshaw said. “Too often, they also go hand-in-hand. The loss of a job or a major health issue can quickly spiral into the despair of hunger and the loss of a place to live. I am hopeful we will consider ways to help.
“This resolution was co-sponsored by more than 40 representatives, from both parties, from cities, suburbs and rural communities. The wide support for this resolution demonstrates that hunger and homelessness touch all areas of our commonwealth.”