Seeking Solutions

The Partnership to End Homelessness, a broad coalition of community groups and government officials will sponsor a forum to develop action steps and solutions for ending homelessness in Orange County. The Community Forum on Homelessness will be held Thursday, April 27, 2006 from 6-9pm at A.L. Stanback Middle School located at 3700 NC Highway 86 South in Hillsborough, NC.

COMMUNITY FORUM
SEEKING SOLUTIONS FOR ENDING HOMELESSNESS
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2006

Community encouraged to participate.

The Partnership to End Homelessness, a broad coalition of community groups and government officials will sponsor a forum to develop action steps and solutions for ending homelessness in Orange County.

The Community Forum on Homelessness will be held Thursday, April 27, 2006 from 6 pm at A.L. Stanback Middle School located at 3700 NC Highway 86 South in Hillsborough, NC. Dinner will be served at 5:45pm.

Dinner, door prizes and information about community resources will be provided. Transportation and childcare can be arranged. All interested members of the community are strongly encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness is to address the following goals:
• To educate the community by dispelling myths and putting a face on the homeless;
• To develop a long term plan to end homelessness in Orange County; and
• To encourage personal responsibility by inviting the community to address this issue individually.

The Forum is a component of the development of our local Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The purpose of the Forum is to develop personal action steps and community-wide solutions that will effect change and assist in the goal of ending homelessness. We seek to involve a wide number of participants and new stakeholders including homeless individuals, consumers, community agency representatives, businesses, congregations, volunteers, civic clubs, neighborhood associations, elected officials, public employees, students, University officials and concerned citizens. Attendees will participate in small group discussions on the following topics:

• Housing
• Basic Necessities
• Community Perceptions
• Community Partnerships
• Discharge Planning
• Prevention
• Employment/Education
• Transportation
• Connecting to Services
• Successful Models of Service

These topics were identified as recurring themes throughout the County during a series of nineteen focus group sessions held in late February and early March 2006. In addition, an UNC-student team identified these themes during an intensive community assessment that involved individual interviews with people who are homeless or previously homeless, service providers and community members.

To arrange transportation, call Orange Public Transportation at 919-245-2008 by 5pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2006.

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