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Homelessness the focus of four community forums

Originally published Dec. 19, 2016

With regional counts of people without homes showing sharp increases, Sno-Isle Libraries will host “Homelessness Here,” four public discussions to explore the causes and prevention of the problem in Snohomish and Island counties.

“When we ask residents in our communities what issues concern them most, homelessness is always high on the list,” said Sonia Gustafson, leader of the library district’s Issues That Matter team and manager of Lake Stevens Library.  

The forums will be in Langley, Lake Stevens, Arlington and Mountlake Terrace. All are free and open to the public. They will start at 6:30 p.m. Locations and speakers are:

  • Jan. 10, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley. Panelists will be Joanne Pelant, housing resource coordinator, Island County Department of Human Services; Faith Wilder, president of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition; Lori Cavender, founder of Ryan's House for Youth and creator of Island County's Host Home program; Gail LaVassar, homeless education coordinator for South Whidbey School District. The moderator will be Marshall Goldberg.
  • Jan. 26, Lake Stevens School District Administration Building, 12309 22nd St NE. Panelists will be Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Julio Cortes, public relations manager, Cocoon House; Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, Lake Stevens Family Center and Granite Falls Family Support Center. The moderator will be Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer
  • Feb. 22, Weston High School Commons, 4407 172nd Street NE, Arlington. Panelists will be Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Nicolas Quijano, Advocate Supervisor, Cocoon House; Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, Lake Stevens Family Center and Granite Falls Family Support Center. The moderator will be Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert.
  • Feb. 28, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.  Panelists will be Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Elysa Hovard, director of outreach, Cocoon House; Mark Waldin, program manager of South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter. The moderator will be Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County and member, Lynnwood Human Services Commission. 

Issues That Matter programs are meant to encourage conversations on topics of community needs and interests, a core service of Sno-Isle Public Libraries. Details, along with links to library and community resources, can be found at sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter.  Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation

 



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