Mayors from two different communities are in Victoria today, to share how they are addressing homelessness in their respective cities.
City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps will be joined by Mayor Ted Clugston of Medicine Hat, and Mayor Kitty Piercy of Eugene, Oregon, to discuss what their cities are doing about homelessness, and what solutions they see for the future.
Together, these three cities have one common goal: to end homelessness.
Medicine Hat has committed to finding someone a place to live within 10 days of learning he/she is homeless. Eugene, Oregon has been exploring shelter alternatives, such as micro-housing in Opportunity Village. And Victoria is a strong supporter of a Regional Housing First Strategy.
Tonight’s free event for the public will be hosted by Our Place Society and First Metropolitan United Church at 932 Balmoral Road at 7 p.m.
“We are excited to be hosting these three innovative mayors as they share ideas and solutions with the public,” says Don Evans, executive director of Our Place. “Homelessness is a challenging problem for everyone, but the more we share and learn from each other, the better chance we have in coming up with a real and permanent solution.”
Mayor Lisa Helps says she’s looking forward to learning from her counterparts in Medicine Hat, and Eugene about how they are addressing homelessness.
Event: Mayors Panel: Finding Solutions To End Homelessness
When: Mon., May 30, 2016, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm.)
Where: First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria.