Here's a press release from State Senator Mike McGuire about an October 27 forum in Ukiah on homelessness. The event is open to the public but will also be livestreamed so you can watch at home, and will take place from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sacramento, CA – Homelessness – and how to best tackle the issue – has been in the headlines across the State of California this year as cities and counties have been trying to proactively address this growing challenge.
State Senator Mike McGuire, who has been a statewide leader on the issue, is hosting an informative Town Hall next week on how North Coast communities can secure a portion of the $2 billion that will be available from the State starting in 2017 for permanent housing that will be connected to services.
Federal agencies will be on hand to discuss opportunities for ongoing operational funding for the housing, and non-profits from across the region will be presenting on successes and challenges associated with housing chronic homeless.
Anyone interested in tackling homelessness is encouraged to attend.
“Homelessness, especially the lack of resources for housing and services, is at a crisis point across California – and our North Coast communities have been struggling to meet the need with limited resources and support,” Senator McGuire said. “While there is still an incredible amount of work to be done, we have made great strides by securing $2 billion statewide that will be invested in permanent homeless housing, tens of millions of dollars will flow into Northern California alone.”
Here are the speakers who will present at the Town Hall:
- Senator Mike McGuire: Tackling homelessness across the State of California and the No Place Like Home initiative
- Lisa Bates, Deputy Director of Housing Policy Development: Report from Housing and Community Development, lead State Agency, on the No Place Like Home initiative
- Danica Bogicevic, US Department of Veterans Affairs: Briefing on issues facing Veterans regarding homelessness, housing & federal grant funds
- Christina DiFrancesco, Specialist, Division of Financial Assistance, California Housing & Community Development: Accessing funding through state and federal programs
- Nikka Rapkin, HomeBase SF: Creating projects to make the greatest impact to reduce homelessness while accessing the highest levels of funding
- Georgia Berland, Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless: Introduction to understanding the unique needs of the chronically homeless
- Ellen Frieboes, Housing Connections Director Hamilton Families: Rapid re-housing for homeless families in San Francisco
- Doreen Best, Special Projects Manager, Catholic Charities: The Palms Inn: hotel to homeless housing conversion
- Mary Kay Sweeney, Homeward Bound Marin: Supportive housing programs and community engagement
Here are the event details:
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Ukiah Valley Conference Center, 200 South School St., Ukiah, CA 95482
Save Room: Snacks and refreshments will be available
Watch live online: The hearing will be streamed live online.
This event is free and open to the public.