University Forum: “Homeless Families: Hidden in Lawrence”
- Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, noon to 1 p.m.
- Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
Valerie Miller- Homeless Outreach Specialist at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, co-located at Douglas County Eckan.Optional lunch from 11:30am-12noon.Homeless families are invisible to those who do not serve them directly. They look like you and me and generally do not use 'homeless' services. Yet these families are camping in cars, trading housekeeping services for cheap motel rooms, doubling up with extended family, and waiting years for assistance from the Lawrence/Douglas County Housing Authority. Approximately 300 children were homeless in Lawrence last year. I will speak about the causes, and increasing incidence, of family homelessness and the limitations of our current service network in addressing their unique needs.