Beloved Community Forums for Racial Understanding & Reconciliation presents: ‘Our Community, Our Problem: Identifying the Issues of Homelessness & What You Can Do to Help’

March 28, 2020 Hamline United Church, St. Paul

Homelessness and the issues affecting it occurs in every community whether large or small. The stereotypes associated with this community issue often project a distorted image about who is caught in this negative cycle that impacts the quality of life & well-being of the entire community. Some may feel that this is the personal problem of those directly affected by homelessness – it is not. Homelessness & its accompanying issues is a problem for us all; the lack of or inability to attain quality living for one detracts for the quality of life for us all – Our Community, Our Problem. This 2-part forum seeks to raise the visibility of the homelessness problem by hearing from experts actively working with this population. It will also identify local efforts to assist individuals & families impacted by it and share strategies for helping them escape this negative cycle.

Part I of the series, ‘Making the Invisible Visible’ will be held on March 28 from 1-5pm. During Part I, the audience will learn the scope of the problem, who are most impacted by it, and of misconceptions & stereotypes that distort the reality of homelessness. In the summer of 2020, Part II will share a variety of programs actively working with issues impacting homelessness and ways community members can support those efforts.