Our work, at the WV Coalition to End Homelessness is, as you might have guessed, is to end homelessness in our state as we know it. Many organizations have “end homelessness” in their title, and we realize that this is a tall order, and realistically an impossible task. However, we do believe that certain types of homelessness can be ended in our state. MORE ›
A few months ago, I was invited to a homeless awareness event where people would be sleeping outdoors for the night in an effort to understand the plight of people experiencing homelessness. At this event, they would be giving out a prize for the “best makeshift shelter” and a prize for the best “street performance.” I was up front with this group and commended their desire to raise awareness about homelessness and the issues surrounding homelessness in West Virginia. Though their intentions were really good in that they were aiming to raise awareness about homelessness, homelessness is a traumatic event that should not be taken lightly.