San Jose Author and Activist Timothy Fitzgerald Fights for Single Homeless Men in California's Worst Recession Since the 1930s

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Many are struggling to survive in California's worst recession since the 1930s. Some are experiencing homelessness for the first time in their lives during this holiday season. San Jose author and community activist Timothy Fitzgerald personally has experienced bouts of homelessness over the years as a single man. As a staunch advocate for the homeless, Mr. Fitzgerald is deeply concerned about the effects of homelessness on single men.

"It is my hope that single homeless men's special needs are not ignored during this holiday season," said Timothy Fitzgerald, author of "The Wawona Brotherhood: The San Jose State Campus Revolt."

Many are struggling to survive in California's worst recession since the 1930s. Some are experiencing homelessness for the first time in their lives during this holiday season.

San Jose author and community activist Timothy Fitzgerald personally has experienced bouts of homelessness over the years as a single man. He first experienced homelessness at the age of 25 after he graduated from San Jose State University in 1971. The last time Mr. Fitzgerald coped with homelessness was in 2006 after he lost his apartment at the age of 60.

As a staunch advocate for the homeless, Mr. Fitzgerald is deeply concerned about the effects of homelessness on single men.

"Single homeless men have very limited support," said San Jose author Timothy Fitzgerald. "I've experienced this first-hand as a formerly homeless single male. It is my hope that single homeless men's special needs are not ignored during this holiday season. The current system is set up to focus on keeping homeless families together. Single homeless men deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. They are our brothers, cousins, nephews and uncles."

Timothy Fitzgerald recently authored "The Wawona Brotherhood: The San Jose State Campus Revolt" in which he chronicles his experiences at San Jose State University during the turbulent 1960s through the early 1970s. In his eight-year quest to obtain his bachelor's degree, Mr. Fitzgerald battled mental illness and poverty. As a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Mr. Fitzgerald has faced severe discrimination. At one point, he was temporarily confined to a mental health facility.

Since his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Fitzgerald has been a community activist in San Jose. He is the former Vice Chairman of the Disability Advisory Commission in San Jose. Mr. Fitzgerald also is a former Green Party state leader. In addition, he has taught social science subjects in California community colleges in the last decade. At the age of 63, Mr. Fitzgerald is now working on obtaining his third master's degree at San Jose State University. He is on track to be awarded this degree in Spring 2010.

For more information about author and community activist Timothy Fitzgerald, visit his Web site
http://www.timfitzgerald.org. For interviews, call 408.726.9940 or e-mail timothyfitzgerald97@yahoo.com.

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