Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is one of three governors being honored by the federal government for fighting homelessness.

The Interagency Council on Homelessness is presenting Huntsman its Home for Every American Governor Award in recognition of the state's 10-year plan to end homelessness that began in 2005.

The award will be given at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. It will be accepted on behalf of the governor by Gordon Walker, head of the Utah Division of Housing, Huntsman spokeswoman Lisa Roskelley said.

Besides Huntsman, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley also are recipients of the council's governor award this year.

The council is made up of leaders of a number of federal agencies including former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, now secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.