Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Everybody needs a place to call home

As a part of their overall health and well-being, every person needs a safe and affordable place to call home. Safe and adequate housing is becoming out of reach for many people due to a lack of housing affordable for people with low incomes. As a result, people are facing evictions, instability, and homelessness.

In January 2017, there were over 8,000 men, women, and children counted as being homeless in North Carolina. Also, people living in shelters were twice as likely to have a disability than others. It is often difficult for them to focus on any health issues while worrying about where they will be living from day to day.

As the holidays approach, take time to consider what you’re thankful for and consider giving some of your time, attention, and resources to others. In that spirit of giving, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness sponsor Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week prior to Thanksgiving.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week—November 10-18, 2018—brings awareness and advocacy to solve these issues. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is designed to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty, and build up the base of volunteers and supporters for local anti-poverty agencies. Groups spend this week generating publicity about hunger and homelessness and holding a series of events to engage their communities.

To learn more about this and learn about educational opportunities during that week, please visit: https://hhweek.org.

Hunger & Homelessness: The Facts

No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.

In the United States
Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor.

  • 1 million Americans live below the poverty level
  • 549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night
  • 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger
  • 1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty

While there has been slow but steady progress over the past thirty years, there are still a tremendous number of people around the world who live in extreme poverty.

  • 795 million people do not have enough to eat
  • 767 million people live on $1.90 a day or less
  • 6 children die each minute of a hunger-related disease
  • 3 million refugees have been driven out of their homes

Veteran Hunger and Homelessness

When you are planning your Hunger and Homelessness activities, don’t forget to take the time on November 12, 2018, to celebrate Veterans Day to honor all the men and women who have served in the military. Veterans Day is a perfect time to give back the staggering number of veterans and veteran families who struggle with a place to stay and food to eat daily.

  • 10% of people experiencing homelessness are veterans or veteran families
  • 40,000 veterans are homeless
  • 25% of veterans and veteran families don’t have enough to eat

Veterans experience a distinct set of challenges during service and coming home. Many veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and sexual trauma. These can lead to higher risks of homelessness. Other mental health issues, poverty, lack of support from family and friends, and substance use, along with an extreme shortage of affordable housing, a livable income, and access to health care also increase a veteran’ risk of homelessness and hunger.

Learn more about how to help and where veterans can find resources at https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/nchav/index.asp.

– Basic Fair Housing Training—Providers, landlords, and the public are invited to this overview of Fair Housing Laws for providers and housing providers, Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at NC Works Career Center, 532 Patterson Ave., Mooresville, NC. Please register online.

– 5K Rivalry Run to Fight Hunger—Burke United Christian Ministries is inviting everyone to Freedom High School, 511 Independence Blvd., Morganton, NC, on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 9 a.m. Support the fight against hunger, or participate in the Run/Walk or Fun Run. To register, or for more information, visit http://www.bucm.net/.

Enrollee Navigator – Medical Necessity and Service Approval

Eligibility for services is determined by medical necessity. This means you receive behavioral health care services intended to correct or improve mental health issues, substance use disorders, or intellectual or developmental disabilities identified in an assessment. An assessment is any evaluation by a doctor or licensed clinician. The services you receive must be:

  • Necessary to treat your specific issues
  • The most appropriate service for your needs
  • Based on past effectiveness known as evidence-based practices or best practices
  • The least restrictive treatment available
  • The most efficient service available

Who makes sure the services you get will be the best for you? That’s what the Utilization Management Department at Partners does. Staff ensures everyone has equal access to appropriate care across the areas we serve. The department authorizes services meeting specific guidelines so the help you get:

  • Supports your recovery
  • Reflects your preferences
  • Is efficient and cost effective
  • Occurs in the most appropriate and least restrictive setting
  • Is consistent with medical necessity criteria
  • Promotes evidence-based practices.

In the Community 

NC Innovations Waiver Public Comment Period

The NC Innovations 1915(c) Waiver has been posted at https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/get-involved/nc-health-choice-state-plan. The public comment period is open until Thursday, November 22, 2018. Comments on the Innovations Waiver may be submitted by email at IDDListeningSessions@dhhs.nc.gov or voicemail at  919-844-4968. Requests for copies of the Innovations 1915(c) Waiver can be made via email or voicemail.

2018 Burke iCare Tour

This year’s interactive tour of local, nonprofit agencies is Wednesday, November 14, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Burke Mission Station-Resource Room, 305 West Union St., Morganton, NC. This is a truly unique experience and opportunity to learn about homelessness, hunger, poverty, and opportunities to volunteer, get involved, and help others. Breakfast and Lunch will be served. To register, call 828-433-0681, email chasity.poteat@bcuw.org, or complete and return the registration form to the address shown on the right.

Burke County United Way
attention: iCare Tour – Burke Cares
301 East Meeting Street
Morganton, NC 28655

Darkness to Light Training

The Darkness to Light training is provided to prevent childhood sexual abuse by increasing awareness & education in communities. The training is two hours and participants are provided a certificate upon completion. Training is Wednesday, November 14, from 9-11 a.m., at Morganton Housing Authority Conference-Room 644, 1st Street, Morganton, NC. Please, register online by Friday November 9, 2018.

Burke County Mobile Free Pharmacy

You are invited to a free over-the-counter medicine giveaway made possible by NC MedAssist and Partners, Friday, November 16, 2018, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Collett Street Recreation Center, 300 Collett St., Morganton, NC. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and Take Home free over-the-counter medicines like cold, cough and flu medicine, Band-Aids, pain and allergy relief, vitamins, children’s medicine, and much more. You can also get free health screenings and find out more about NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program. You must be 18 or older—no ID is required.

Suicide: The Ripple Effect

This film is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world. At age 19, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Seventeen years later, he still struggles with many of the same symptoms that led him to attempt to take his life, but he is on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. Through sharing stories of survival and recovery, we are creating significant awareness of this health crisis, while helping people find the support they need to stay alive, heal and #BeHereTomorrow! The screening of this film will only happen if 41 tickets are reserved by 2 p.m. on November 27, 2018. Reserve your ticket now at www.gathr.us/s/24967 to help bring the film to Gastonia.

Buffering Toxic Stress Training

Attend this training to learn about early childhood stress and trauma, specifically as related to brain development, learning, behavior and increased risk of long-term adverse health effects in adulthood. Training is Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 1-4 p.m., at Partners-lower level multipurpose room, 1985 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory, NC. Register online by Monday, November 26, 2018.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

Participants of QPR trainings learn to recognize warning signs of a suicide crisis and to question, persuade, and refer someone for help. Please attend this suicide prevention training and become a gatekeeper for your community. Your next opportunity to attend is Monday, December 3, 2018, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Foothills Higher Education Center-Room 211, 2128 S. Sterling St., Morganton, NC. Please, register online by Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

I’m IN: Community Inclusion

People with lived experience, consumer organizations, advocacy groups, System of Care collaboratives, MCO staff, Transition to Community Living representatives, Stepping Up Collaboratives, and others interested in helping achieve the goal of community inclusion are invited to the launch meeting Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 1-4 p.m., in Pinehurst. This meeting will launch I’m IN: Community Inclusion. I’m IN is a statewide initiative to promote and support innovative policies and practices that enhance opportunities for people with mental illness to fully participate in their community. There is NO COST to attend this meeting. Please, register online. Seating for this event on December 4 is limited. There is a limited fund to support transportation costs for people with lived experience. For more information, email Aviance@i2icenter.org.

Connections Chili-Pottery Fundraiser

Connections Clubhouse invites you to their annual Chili-Pottery Fundraiser Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 217 2nd Ave. NE, Conover, NC. Your $15 ticket includes a homemade chili lunch and a piece of pottery. You can also take part in the pottery raffle. Dine in or get your meal and pottery to go. Can’t make it on Friday? An early pottery buying opportunity is available for $20 on Tuesday, December 4, from 5-7 p.m. (pottery and chili not included). Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 828-466-0030.

Behavioral Health Focus is published on the first and third Tuesday of each month and is intended to be a source of information for those working or interacting with behavioral health care in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin Counties. If you would like to contribute, contact Jeff Brucato at 704-884-2564 or jbrucato@partnersbhm.org. Items should be submitted by Wednesday at 3 p.m. for the next week’s issue.

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