Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Group holds resource fair for homeless

Updated: Saturday, 13 Nov 2010, 10:52 PM CST
Published : Saturday, 13 Nov 2010, 9:28 PM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin outreach groups kicked off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with a resource fair Saturday.

"Austin is kinda like a homeless 'Mecca' for the state" said volunteer Meg Rose with Ending Community Homelessness .

Rose said Austin attracts homeless from around Texas who come here because there are more services offered than other cities.

Saturday's event at the Pan Am Recreation Center in East Austin was evidence of those services.

Several hundred homeless received backpacks, hats, gloves, bus passes, and hygiene supplies.

Volunteers say the mission of the event and the week are to reach those who don't normally think about helping homeless people.

"We're just trying to get out there in the community, and not preach to the choir, but get people that don't know about this issue to really learn about it," said Rose.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week continues on Sunday with a sunrise service in memory of people who have died while living on the street in Austin. It's set for 6:58 a.m. at Auditorium Shores.

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