Dozens of people will camp out on Friday, November 9 at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville to help end youth homelessness. The annual Sleepout event supports the efforts of Only Hope WNC. In the past five years the nonprofit organization has has provided assistance to over 2,500 youths experiencing homeless in Western North Carolina.
As of June 2017, the Department of Education reported over 2.5 million students (grades K-12) homeless in the United States. Henderson County reported over 300 homeless kids during the 2016-2017 school year with 89 reported as unaccompanied (which means no legal guardian taking care of them). Buncombe County reported over 500 homeless kids during the 2015-2016 school year with 105 unaccompanied (which means no legal gurdian taking care of them)
To combat this, Only Hope WNC will host their 6th annual Sleepout on November 9-10. A group of board members and concerned citizens will be sleeping out at the Historic Courthouse Downtown Hendersonville on Main Street to raise awareness and funds to help in their efforts. The event kicks off Friday, November 9th at 6:00 pm with an opening rally. The Sleepout begins at 8:00 pm and ends Saturday, November 10th at 8:00 am. Stop by at any time to learn more or to provide support!
For more information and to register visit Only Hope WNC’s website.