Finding Solutions to Homeless on the Seacoast

January 13, 2018

A community meeting to address homelessness held last week in Newburyport drew more than 100 neighbors, officials, relief agencies and advocates, who came together to exchange information and lay the groundwork for tackling homelessness in our area. The energy in the room was apparent and the consensus of speakers was that action is needed now to create more sustainable resources for our homeless.

Please join us in taking the next step. We will meet Wednesday, January 17, at 7 pm in the social hall at the Central Congregational Church (14 Titcomb Street) in Newburyport with two goals in mind:

  • Draw on the collective wisdom of attendees to outline major focus areas, such as establishing priorities, exploring what has worked in other areas, identifying zoning reforms that support more affordable housing, mobilizing to support affordable housing plans under consideration, and identifying the stakeholders whose support is needed.
  • Establish a process for moving forward, which will likely include creation of a steering group with representatives of various stakeholders: professionals, churches, interested citizens, city staff and people struggling with homelessness.

All are welcome. We’re counting on both the expertise from the professionals in our midst, and the input of everyone who cares about this issue.

If you can’t attend, but want to stay up to date on the project and contribute your ideas and support at a later time, please email pennies@penniesforpoverty.org so we can keep you informed about the group’s work.

 

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