November 16, 2009

Hunger and Homelessness in Sonoma County, State and Nation Subject of Panel Discussion, Nov. 16

The state of hunger and homelessness efforts in Sonoma County is the subject of a panel discussion from 7- 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 in the multi-purpose room of Student Union.

Sonoma State Sociology Professor Sheila Katz heads the event, which also includes a discussion about recent developments in state and national policy.

"With the nation's unemployment rate over 10% and California's even higher, issues of poverty, hunger and homelessness need immediate attention," says Katz.

"The current economic conditions are increasing the need for local social service programs, at the same time as funding for these programs are decreasing. However, there is hope through these programs and in proposed state and federal policies for low-income families struggling to survive."

Panel members include participants, volunteers, and staff from local human services organizations including the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Catholic Charities Family Support Center and Salvation Army.

Admission is free.

The event is part of the student organization Join Us in Making Progress (JUMP) Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Details of the week's activities can be found at
For more information, contact Professor Sheila Katz at

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