Because of the Powder Springs City Council’s approval, an event by the LeadOff Foundation and Sleep Out America to raise awareness about homelessness will be held 9 p.m. Oct. 18 to 6 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Silver Comet Trail Linear Park’s covered basketball court. (Courtesy of Sleep Out America)

Powder Springs grants permit for homeless awareness event

To bring awareness about how to better help people who are homeless, an event in recognition of Sleep Out America was approved by the Powder Springs City Council on Sept. 16.

For sleeping outside, the LeadOff Foundation was granted a temporary event permit to use public property at the Silver Comet Trail Linear Park’s covered basketball court on Richard D. Sailors Parkway from 9 p.m. Oct. 18 to 6 a.m. Oct. 19.

Sleep Out America is a national movement to spend a night outdoors “to show support and respect for the homeless and to advocate for the homeless in order to raise funds for programs that offer them a chance of life away from the streets,” according to the city resolution.

Presented by Delta Air Lines, the official nationwide night is Nov. 22 to “spread awareness about youth homelessness and raise essential funds for Covenant House, an international nonprofit that provides housing and supportive services to youth in need.”

Information: facebook.com/SleepOutAmerica, SleepOutAmerica.org, CovenantHouse.org/homeless-shelters

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