21 April 2013
Contact: Stephen M.
Director of Research & Development
Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA)
Consortium Graduate Studies
for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
Nations Arts Initiative
Arts Integration Into Education
America's Action Plan for Community
record 89,304,000 Americans 'Not in Labor Force' Almost 1 in 3
unemployed - Communities in Crisis Across America.
Across America today, 23 percent of the population is
unemployed/underemployed,  nearly 1 in 4 or 75 million people in a
state of economic emergency,
struggling to keep a roof above their head, food on their table, heat
their homes... Humanitarian Resource Institute has advanced an
appeal to our local municipal leaders,
community service and interfaith organizations in all 50 states, to
emergency assistance that will reach these populations.
of our U.S. troops and veterans,  that protect our country and
the capacity to live in peace and prosperity, unmet needs in the
Veterans: Between 529,000 and
840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year. On any
given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in
shelters in the U.S. Approx. 33% of homeless males in the U.S. are
veterans.The number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans, male and female,
is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war. -- Veterans
and Homelessness Statistics: Veterans Inc.
- Female Homeless Veterans: The
population of female veterans without permanent shelter has more than
doubled in the last half-dozen years and may continue climbing now that
the Iraq war has ended, sending women home with the same stresses as
their male counterparts - plus some gender-specific ones that make them
more susceptible to homelessness. - Homelessness
increasing for female veterans: Boston Globe, 9
- Veterans Unemployment: Iraq and
Afghanistan Veterans of America said in a survey of its membership
released in March that 16.7 percent of its members were unemployed.
Among the unemployed, 24 percent said they could not find a job that
matched their skills or experience, and 11 percent said they could not
find a job that matched their level of education. -- Young
vets’ joblessness hits 10.3 percent: Military Times, 6 April 2012.
- Veterans Foreclosure Crisis:
Unemployment, debt and a troubled housing market are plaguing families across
the country, but for those in the armed forces, there is an even bigger
burden to bear.... According to the Department of Defense, military
families move 10 times more often than civilian families. -- Military
families face financial hurdles: CNN, 27 March 2012.
How to Help: Hunger & Homelessness in America
Tour de America: The
Ultimate Youth Leadership Project 
In 1993, the inability of the state and local government programs to
needs of front line programs across the United States prompted the need
for increased citizen involvement. The Run Across America for
Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty focused on networking the
booklet "How to Help: Hunger & Homelesness in America" that
included a 14 point
congressional mandate, constructed by the U.S. House Select Committee
On Hunger, to evaluate available
and unmet needs.
The focus of the following needs assessment is to help community
desire to advance strategic planning and development of solution
1. Is there a community based food delivery network in your area ? This
coordinated network would include food pantries, feeding programs, soup
kitchens, congregate meal programs and food banks.
2. Has a needs assessment been completed in your city/county area
within the last year ? This would be defined as a comprehensive effort
to collect information on the extent of food insecurity problems in the
3. Does your city/county area have an Anti-Hunger Policy Coalition ?
This program would be defined as a central group of residents who
gather information detailing the needs of the community to help develop
courses of action for responding to gaps in existing services.
4. Is there a program to communicate the availability of Federal Food
Assistance ? This program would educate residents about the various
federal food assistance programs and work with local officials and
private sponsors to improve the availability of services to all
5. Is there a working program to mediate Public/Private Partnership
? This would include working relations between government agencies,
private groups, non-profit organizations and businesses to work
to solve local food insecurity problems.
6. Are there any organizations promoting citizen involvement ? This
would include efforts to educate residents about local food insecurity
problems and encourage their involvement in activities to combat
7. Is there a communication network in place to provide information
and referral services ?
8. Are there pathways existent to expand sources of low-cost food ?
This area encompasses the development of creative food resources such
community gardens, buying clubs, food coops. farmers markets and
owned grocery stores.
9. Is there a program in your city/county area to target vulnerable
population groups ? These efforts would identify and target services to
those groups that are at high risk of food insecurity problems, such as
homebound elderly and small children.
10. Are there food distribution services for transporting food to
programs that provide emergency meals, etc. ?
11. Does your city/county provide direct access services: These are
sites that are easily accessible to community residents?
12. Does your city/county provide public transportation services ?
Residents, social service program administrators and public transit
systems should work together to establish public transportation routes
that provide direct community access to public assistance services and
13. Does your city/county provide nutrition education classes ? These
nutrition education programs are to help inform residents about the
relationship between diet and health, and help them develop nutritious
food buying and preparation habits.
14. Is your city/county area currently participating in gleaning
programs for collecting and channeling to needy persons, wholesome
foodstuffs which would otherwise go to waste ?
America's Action Plan for Community Service
The objective to bridge unmet needs to untapped resources continues
today through the "America's Action Plan for Community Service" that
includes the following objectives:
-- To empower youth and
community leaders with the tools they need to develop initiatives that
can effectively bridge unmet needs to untapped resources in their
-- To encourage the immediate development of a needs coordinating group
in every local community across the United States.
-- To encourage the development of a communication
network that would include the executive directors of all frontline
programs to obtain prioritized overviews of unmet community needs.
-- To encourage the construction of a grass roots communication network
(fax, email, postal) to all churches, interfaith organizations, youth
leadership programs, volunteer programs, corporations, media
outlets (newspaper, radio and television)
, state and national
encourage the distribution of quarterly or bi-annual needs
Humanitarian Resource Institute
invites all American's
to support this grass roots initiative in cooperation with the
of the Corporation for National and
Unemployment: Shadowstats. Url:
Forgotten - Restore Warriors Project:
Humanitarian Resource Institute. Url:
- Tour de America: 10,000 Miles,
CycleAcrossAmerica.org, Run Across America.org. Url: