This is national hunger and homeless week. A staggering 3.5 million people will experience homelessness in 2015.
are plenty of people spotlighting this serious issue, including many in
the northwest suburbs. They believe no one should go hungry and
everyone should have a home.
"Ignoring it doesn't fix it," said Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeff Lunde. "It's still a problem."
out hunger and sheltering the homeless is a daunting task and suburbs
such as Brooklyn Park are not immune to this crisis.
to think of homeless in a box underneath the overpass," Lunde said.
"They don't realize that it happens everywhere."
Brooklyn Park is
actively trying to combat hunger and homelessness. Lunde received an
award for his efforts at a special ceremony on Monday.
"The most expensive solution is to do nothing," Lunde said. "It's inexpensive to provide some help."
homeless problem is even more magnified for teenage moms. Currently
there are no shelters in Hennepin County for teens with kids. This can
have a negative snowball effect.
"It's been well documented that
the children of teen parents suffer adverse child experiences," said
Jonette Lucia from NW Hennepin Family Services.
Finding housing for young moms is crucial.
housing is established, everything else then can begin to fall in
line," Lucia said. "Housing is a really, really critical issue for this
Northwest Hennepin Family Services is looking for places to house young moms.
appealing to churches or someone who can donate land that could be
redeveloped, or even a house to support the housing needs of teen
There are 1.5 million children who are homeless across the US.
Eric Nelson, email@example.com
November 16, 2015