The Safe Parking Community Network will hold a forum on THE STAGES OF HOMELESSNESS
Sat., February 2, 6 PM, Ballard Odd Fellows Lodge, 1706 NW Market Street:
Keynote speaker: James Bible, Seattle King County NAACP, speaking on poverty and the law.
- an update on progress with the fledgling safe parking program designed to enable people living in vehicles to get off the streets of Seattle, and the majority to transition into more stable housing. Councilmember Mike O'Brien and Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church kicked off this program in March 2012, to provide overnight parking on faith community parking lots where vehicular residences can be safe from ticketing and towing. Case management, funded by the City and provided by Compass Housing Alliance, has been key to its success in rapid re-housing.
- a panel discussion of the stages of homelessness and ways we can improve our efforts to insure access to affordable housing for all.
- A meal will be provided.
People do not suddenly become chronically homeless. Often circumstances beyond their control cause a downward spiral in which the barriers to re-housing grow at every turn. Until recently, the focus has been on those who are living in shelters or on the street. But the rising tide of homelessness has not been stemmed. The Safe Parking Community Network, a vehicle resident outreach organization, invites everyone interested in finding better solutions to two upcoming forums on the Stages of Homelessness.
Donations of non-perishables for local food banks are welcome.
Contact Elizabeth Maupin, Safe Parking Program Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 453 3903.