Lawrence Public Library, housing experts to hold panel discussion on rental housing problems and solutions

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The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., is pictured Friday, May 27, 2022.

The Lawrence Public Library is partnering with local housing experts to host a panel discussion about rental housing problems and solutions in early December.

The program, titled “Let’s Talk about Affordable Rental and Housing Solutions,” will bring together panelists from the Lawrence Community Shelter, the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority, the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center, People’s Owned and Operated Collective Housing and the Douglas County government. The discussion is set for Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library auditorium, 707 Vermont St.

According to a release from the library, panelists will share their expertise about feasible policy solutions, like inclusive screening practices, banning housing discrimination based on source of income, and tenants’ rights to counsel.

“In 2020, our community identified affordable housing as one of our top three issues,” said Marc Veloz, a community resources specialist with the library, in the release. “It hasn’t gone away and folks are eager to find a solution to this crisis.”

More information about the program and specific panelists is available on the library’s event calendar.


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