On the night of January 27, 2010, 701 individuals were living in emergency and/or transitional shelters in Lancaster County. In addition, twenty three individuals were without any type of shelter and living on the street. During 2009, more than one in ten Lancaster County residents could not afford to purchase the food their family needed.
The Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness in conjunction with the Lancaster County Hunger Coalition is hoping to draw attention to these facts, and other startling local statistics about homelessness and food hardship in Lancaster County and the importance of solving both of these issues, by supporting the first local Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. On November 10, 2010, the Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation that the week of November 14-20, 2010 be designated “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week” in Lancaster County. The week-long calendar of local events coincides with the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week co-sponsored by National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness.