January Community Forum: Homelessness and Housing - Updating our Local Position

January Community Forum

DATE: January 16, 2019
TIME: 12-2:00PM
PLACE: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA
The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara is currently updating our local “Homelessness” policy position to better reflect current best practices. As part of this process we are pleased to bring together a panel to discuss the topic. We will provide an update on the new Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordinated Entry System. Experts in the area will address the Coordinated Entry system including: Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter and Housing and discuss local data and long-term solutions.

Panelists will include:

Kimberlee Albers from the County of Santa Barbara
Chuck Flacks from PATH Santa Barbara
Rob Fredericks from the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
Sara Grasso from Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
Valerie Kissell from Youth And Family Services YMCA

Emily Allen, Social Policy Co-Chair and Program Director of the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County Home For Good Program will moderate.

We will also discuss the 2019 Point In Time Count and opportunities for people of all experience levels to volunteer.

The forum--free and open to the public--is co-presented with the Santa Barbara Public Library. Sound is provided by Gary Atkins Sound Systems. The library is physically accessible from the Public Garage accessed from Anacapa Street.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2019 HOMELESS POINT IN TIME COUNT. The Point In Time Count is the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a given day. The Santa Barbara County effort will take place on Thursday, January 24 from 5:00am-8:30am. Teams of volunteers and experts will canvas assigned routes throughout the county and will briefly document who is experiencing homeless. This information can be used to plan local homeless assistance systems and raise public awareness. Volunteer trainings will be held in January. Join us today. Sign up on www.CommonGroundSBC.org. Change doesn’t happen without you.