October 17, 2012 by Sarah M
City Council Member Gary Schiff is hosting a meeting Friday, Oct. 26, at Mercado Central, 1515 E. Lake St., to discuss the rising levels of homelessness in Minneapolis and throughout Hennepin County.
Schiff will be joined by Monica Nilsson, Director of Community Engagement for St. Stephen’s Human Services, and Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman at the meeting planned for 7:30 to 9 a.m.
They are expected to give updates on the progress of Heading Home Hennepin, the 10-year plan to end homelessness in Hennepin County adopted in 2006, and what’s being done to deal with increased levels of homelessness.
“After a decade-long recession and foreclosure epidemic, tent cities are emerging in the United States. Homelessness is an issue that touches everyone, and disproportionally affects children, our military veterans, and victims of domestic violence. It’s time to sound the alarm. Nobody deserves to be homeless,” Schiff said.
MinnPost has a piece today on the increased pressures on area homeless shelters.
— Sarah McKenzie