Homelessness continues to be a major problem facing many in our region. According to a recent report by the Bay Area Council Economics Institute (http://bit.ly/2XU2MbS), the San Francisco Bay Area has the nation's third largest homeless population behind New York City and Los Angeles. The most visible homeless population are those who live on the streets, in tents, and in motor vehicles. The problem seems intractable, yet much is already being done to combat homelessness. The report from the Economics Institute divides these programs into three areas;
1. preventing entry into homelessness,
2. sheltering and supporting those experiencing homelessness, and
3. promoting exit from homelessness to permanent housing.
A panel of experts working to combat homelessness in San Francisco will discuss their work and its effect on addressing the problems faced by low-income residents. These include Holly Aversano (Senior Program Manager Adult Coordinated Entry, Episcopal Community Services of SF), Jamie Schecter (Contracts and Evaluation Director, Community Housing Partnership) and Renee Penton (Program Director for the Civic Center Hotel-Navigation Center). To address this humanitarian crisis, citizens need to know what is being done, what works, and what additional resources will be required.
Please note: Our main event will started right at 2:30, a little earlier than usual. Afterward, many of us head to the mall next door for an early dinner. The dinner is a great way to get to know people in your local humanist community, and if you're not hungry you can always come along and grab a drink instead.
The event will be at the SFSU Downtown Campus, 835 Market St, Room 619. Please enter the building from the entrance between Walgreens and the Timberland store. Everyone is welcome