Former Congressman James Walsh and former Common Councilor Teresa McCarthy-Brusa began doing work to help the homeless about 27 years ago. Wednesday afternoon, they both were recognized for their efforts in front of City Hall as part of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week.
Walsh created the Homeless and Housing Vulnerable Task Force committee as Common Council President, and McCarthy-Brusa served as chair. She says it’s a cause close to her heart and is happy it’s now a county wide committee.
But she says it’s important to continue the work during tough economic times:
McCarthy says the work of the task force and other organizations is particularly important now because there are many children that are homeless in Onondaga County. There were several other people in attendance, including In My Father’s Kitchen, a group that provides food and other basic necessities for homeless people.
Former Congressman Walsh was not in attendance. His son, Ben, spoke on his behalf.