Congressional Caucus on Homelessness Co-Chair Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Hosts Event Commemorating National Homeless Awareness Month
Washington, DC – (Wednesday, November 13, 2013) – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness, held a briefing commemorating National Homeless Awareness month. The event was held in conjunction with the National Center on Family Homelessness & First Focus, Senator Patty Murray, and the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness co-chair, Alcee Hastings.
The briefing highlighted the latest policy and research on child, youth and family homelessness and housing. There were panelists from several related organizations that spoke on the various aspects of what homelessness looks like in America and what current efforts have done to decrease homelessness. Panelists included: Carmela J. DeCandia, Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness, Mark Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Gregory Lewis, Executive Director of the True Colors Fund.
“It is important that we support the most vulnerable segment of our society,” Congresswoman Johnson said. “National Homeless Awareness Month allows us to educate the public and mobilize individuals to work to end homelessness. The Congressional Caucus on Homelessness is bringing together various organizations across the country to help us produce the best possible legislation to help in the fight against hunger and homelessness.”
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.