11.24.2010

The experience of being "homeless" in Houston


This year Houston Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week kicked off with Houston Sleep Out, where the general public experience homelessness for one night (7pm-7am) to raise donations and awareness. The Sleep Out program held at Muhammad Mosque No. 45 was emceed by Helen Muhammad and myself. The keynote address by Sister Mattie X, who has headed up the Feed the Hungry program for our mosque for over ten years. We presented her with a special award as well.

Other speakers included Rashidah Muhammad, Capt. Khallid Greene of IN-CERT,
Student Min. Robert Muhammad, Ray J. Muhammad (Muhammad's Organic Farm), Mawiyah Duperval (Haiti), Noah Rattler (HHHAW Organizer), Cavanaugh Nwege (Marcus Garvey Liberation Garden, Shrine of the Black Madonna), Yolanda Muhammad, and David 12X!

In 2007, Noah Rattler left Houston on a 1800 Mile walk from Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA in order to raise awareness for homelessness in the United States. Along the way, he stopped at homeless service providers and shelters in order to learn more about how each city and town dealt with homelessness in their own way. It was on one of these stops in Wichita Falls, TX, where he was introduced to the “One Night Without a Home” concept. After completing his journey, Noah teamed up with Chris Brown of then Council Member Ronald Green's office to bring the concept to Houston in order to continue the campaign, and called it the Houston SleepOut.

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