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Mayor Announces Summit on Homelessness

The public is invited to the summit which will be held on April 30 at the Cresta Blanca Ballroom at the Robert Livermore Community Center

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Livermore Mayor John Marchand will host a Summit on Homelessness on April 30.

Service providers, nonprofits, and members of the faith community will join City, County and Federal government officials to discuss how to work together as a region to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness.

The Summit will feature panel presentations in the morning followed by facilitator-led breakout discussions in the afternoon.

In addition to featuring a dialogue exploring how homelessness impacts individuals and communities, the Summit will provide an overview of resources available to the homeless including housing programs, veteran's services and emergency assistance.

"We have a great faith-based community in Livermore that has been successful at sustaining homelessness," stated Mayor Marchand. "However, homelessness is a regional issue. If we are going to be successful at lifting people out of homelessness, we will need a coordinated effort between all of these agencies and service providers. My Mayor's Summit on Homelessness seeks to bring those resources together for the first time."

The Summit will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cresta Blanca Ballroom at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

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mike April 17, 2014 at 12:35 AM
I'm sorry but being unable to write and spell above a 3rd grade level would have more to do with a lack of gainful employment then being over forty.
Terry April 17, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Vagrancy is a crime!
Joe Fox April 21, 2014 at 01:27 PM
@ Lori Pavich, how can you be proud of Mayor Marchand who inititiated the ant-camping ordinance making it illegal for homeless people to use a blanket or sleeping bag to keep warm? If truley well intended to help the homeless and not merely political cover, Mayor Marchand would have had a City Summit on Homelessness before passing the anti-camping ordinance. If the faith based Community doesn`t hold Marchand accountable for his heartless actions towards our most vulnerable when the November elections come, God will be disappointed. Didn`t Jesus show his anger in the Market place?
Lori Pavich April 21, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Joe, I've been extremely outspoken from the very beginning of the Urban Camping Ban. I have never been and never will be in support of it. I think it's heartless. I spoke at council meetings against it, pleading for a "leave no trace" ordinance instead. I wrote a compassionate plea against it in the Independent, and I volunteer tirelessly as an advocate to the homeless. That being said, the homeless situation is out of control and the mayor's summit is a great step toward problem solving a desperate situation.


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