Guam – In recognition to National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, local agencies join together to help Guam’s needy.
On Wednesday the Hagatna Mayor’s Office held an outreach program to help the homeless. It was initiated with Guam Housing Urban Renewal Authority. GHURA is the government lead agency for providing homes for lower income families. For the past several years, First Lady Joanne Camacho has partnered with the agency to help the homeless with outreach programs.
Camacho says their target for today is to help the unsheltered homeless in the Hagatna and in Tamuning by providing a number of services to them.
Camacho says, “We are basically doing health screenings. One Stop is also here with employment applications to help people find jobs and Guam Legal Services are here to provide legal needs. These are people from our community that need help and we are here to see if we can get them off the streets and into a home. They just need love as far as I can see.”
Camacho says everyone who lives in our community and calls Guam their home should be concerned and should help whenever they can.
In addition with today’s outreach program, Camacho along with the US Department of Agriculture, Guam Department of Agriculture and the University of Guam joined together to start a People’s Garden across the street from the Hagatna’s Mayor’s office.
Camacho says, They will plant fruits and vegetables to sustain themselves. Anything that is grown here will be given to Camaleon, where the homeless will eat at every night. Same thing , it will be given to the Salvation Army.”
Some of the vegetable planted are Peppers, egg plants, cucumbers and green onions.
Camacho says The garden is currently on Chamorro Land Trust Property. But no permanent structures will be built on it. She says this is a pilot program and if the Chamorro Land Trust needs it, they will go from there. But for now it is helping provide food for the homeless