Understanding Homelessness

GW Civic House to Host Homeless Awareness Event on March 9th

By Antwann Harper

Homelessness is a prevalent societal issue within the United States, especially here in the nation’s capitol. Many stigmas and stereotypes surround the epidemic of homelessness that promote an insensitivity towards those experiencing it. When better understood, those who are both aware, and unaware, of the effects of homelessness can make a real difference in the lives of those experiencing it by contributing to resources that support them.

The Civic House, a freshman service-learning cohort and program within the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, is seeking to engage the George Washington University campus in order to bring awareness and understanding to the issue of chronic homelessness in DC. Civic House is a residential community program that seeks to build relationships with students, faculty, and community-based organizations through service.  

Teaming up with Street Sense and Miriam's Kitchen, the event will engage students with speakers and artists who have all experienced homelessness, and challenge preconceived notions and attitudes. Students have already teamed up with various on-campus organizations and Miriam's Kitchen, a community partner, to collect clothing and canned food donations. Boxes were placed in select locations on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campus, and the results have been successful.

Please join us on March 9th, 2017 from 10am-3pm in Kogan Plaza, for the Civic House event, Understanding Homelessness!