An American University-based group called “Know the Name Campaign” has made a goal of addressing prejudice against the homeless.

“We want to make it socially unacceptable,” said AU student Robert Siegel.  He and other members of the group gathered at Eastern Market on April 19 to help raise awareness about causes of homelessness, including the lack of affordable housing, and to encourage people with homes to get to know their homeless neighbors. They said they hoped their efforts might help remove the stigma associated with homelessness.

“It’s important for people any age to get information on the issues, especially the issues of homelessness,” said group member Jamie Macritchit.  “It’s not something that requires a lot of education.”