"Adequate housing, simply put, is essential for human survival with dignity," said Lisa Tepper Bates, Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
Mayor Harry Rilling said, "I Harry W. Rilling, Mayor of the City of Norwalk Connecticut do herby proclaim December 10th, 2013 as Human Rights Day in Norwalk."
Tuesday marked the 65th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Norwalk honored the signing by bringing the issue of homelessness to the forefront.
Tepper Bates said, "This is a core human rights issue. I think those of us who are housed forget how central this right is. To have just a space in the world where you are safe, where you can have your things, where you can cook a meal, where your children can feel safe and can sleep at night."
During his Proclamation, Mayor Rilling said, "In Norwalk, approximately 179 adults and 26 children are homeless at some point in time each year and 161 individuals in Norwalk are considered chronically homeless."
Tepper Bates said individuals can play a role in ending homelessness by volunteering and reaching out to their elected officials.
"Let your elected leadership at the local and the state level know that this is something we need to do in Connecticut. We have to end homelessness. Especially in a prosperous country in a time of domestic peace, we can as a nation end homelessness."