Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

By: Avalon Housing

My name is Lauren Rainey, and I’m a senior at the University of Michigan studying Law, Justice, and Social Change. This year I have the immense honor of working with Avalon Housing as a student intern in partnership with the Edward Ginsberg Community Center and their Community Leadership Fellowship Program. 

I know that I’m not alone in saying that before arriving on campus, I did not expect to see homelessness as regularly as I do. Almost every day on my walk to central campus I pass by individuals waking from a cold night tucked into the doorways of downtown businesses. I was even more shocked to learn that nearly 5,000 individuals and families in Washtenaw County may experience homelessness at some point within a given year. So it puts you in an interesting position as a student to choose whether this is an issue you are willing to advocate for or ignore.

Because I’ve witnessed this trend for the last three years, I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Avalon Housing and support their mission to provide vulnerable citizens with supportive housing. 

Events in Washtenaw County

All throughout the month of November, Avalon will be supporting events put on by organizations in Washtenaw County to promote Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in November. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a nationwide initiative to bring attention to the local and national issue of homelessness. Many of these events and programs offer an opportunity to learn, donate to amazing local causes, and engage with others in your community.

There are a number of events taking place in Washtenaw County that we hope you will attend. These include things like film screenings, comedy shows, seminars, and service events.

For more information, check out some of the events listed at and make sure to visit to learn more about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and how you can get involved. 

Links to events: 

Wednesday November 13 5:30-7:30 pm: 2019 Washtenaw County State of Homelessness:

Monday November 18, 7-9 pm: Film screening: OWNED: A Tale of Two Americas at the Michigan Theater

Tuesday November 19, 8 am -4 pm: Pushing the Envelope: Harm Reduction in Policy and Practice:

Road Rally and ‘Put a Roof on It’ Comedy Show

By Lauren Rainey, Avalon intern