Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Play

Texas lawmakers consider legislation to prevent cities from self-governance, Connecticut considers policy options to alleviate an eviction crisis, and Ohio residents await community water systems.

Play

Gov. Ron DeSantis breaks his silence on Trump's potential indictment and attacks Manhattan prosecutors, President Biden vetoes his first bill to protect socially conscious retirement investing, and the Supreme Court hears a case on Native American water rights.

Play

The 41st state has opted into Medicaid which could be a lifeline for rural hospitals in North Carolina, homelessness barely rose in the past two years but the work required to hold the numbers increased, and destruction of the "Sagebrush Sea" from Oregon to Wyoming is putting protection efforts for an itty-bitty bunny on the map.

Oregonians Recognize Hunger, Homelessness Awareness Week

Play

Monday, November 14, 2022   

As the cold weather settles in and some families make plans for the holidays, others are recognizing Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week this week.

Hibah Hammad is the University of Oregon chapter chair for the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, or OSPIRG. She noted that Eugene has one of the highest homelessness rates in the country.

Hammad said her organization is highlighting some of services available for people struggling on U of O's campus, and also putting together medical kits for people experiencing homelessness in the community.

"A lot of houseless folks are requesting medical supplies," said Hammad. "Because, especially as it gets colder, when they get cuts and bruises and things like that and they can't take care of it, then a lot of them end up getting really bad injuries or even, unfortunately, pass away. That's been a recent issue."

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week was founded at Villanova University in 1975. Groups in more than 700 locations across the U.S. are holding education, service and fundraising events this week.

The issue of hunger, especially, extends to U of O students. A report from the 2020-2021 academic year found that 22% of students were food insecure - more than twice the national rate.

Hammad said with the increased cost of goods such as groceries, more students are considering applying for federal food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

"A lot of students were hesitant because even if they were struggling, they were like, 'I don't want to take away from other people. I don't know if I am struggling enough,'" said Hammad. "But I think especially as everything is getting more expensive, it's really starting to affect students."

Hammad said the university is helping students out with this issue, including with produce drops and a free student pantry. She said they're also currently working on creating SNAP benefit workshops to help students apply for the program.




get more stories like this via email
At least 124 bills have been introduced nationwide this year targeting LGBTQ rights in schools and educational settings, freedom of speech and expression, and access to medically necessary health care for transgender people, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Educators in New Hampshire say a proposed "parental bill of rights" before lawmakers discriminates against LGBTQ students. The legislation requires …


Social Issues

Leaders of the Wabanaki Nations are asking Maine lawmakers to recognize tribal sovereignty and help ensure a better economic future for their youth…

Social Issues

American democracy is in mortal danger as the 2024 election approaches, according to experts at a conference held at the University of California…


New Mexico has followed Texas' lead by passing preemptive legislation to ban the storage of high-level radioactive waste in the state. (Tiero/AdobeStock)

Environment

Like Nevada, New Mexico has rejected a proposed interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. Responding to the Federal Nuclear Regulatory …

Social Issues

New Mexico's LGBTQ community will soon have additional protections after existing language in state law was updated by the Legislature. Sen…

Environment

Thousands of lives are cut short every year because of air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming and across the United States, according …

Social Issues

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show another increase in the nation's maternal mortality rate, and a Minnesota expert …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021