A Community Response to Homelessness: May 21 panel
Ended May 21
Devin r. Wilkie

Co-sponsored by the Lebanon Democrats and the Upper Valley Democrats, but open to all regardless of party affiliation

Doors open @ 5.30 p.m. and all are invited to a potluck @ 6 p.m. Just bring a dish. The program will start at 6.30 p.m. 

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As a community we should be attentive to the needs of all members, and when some of those needs aren’t met, we ask ourselves: what is happening, and how can we help?

In the fall of 2016 the City of Lebanon passed an ordinance banning camping on public property, which harms the homeless most of all and which has effects throughout the Upper Valley.

In this context, we ask: Why are they Homeless? What resources are available for them, and how are they made available? What is being done to address homelessness and to protect those who are among the most vulnerable in our community?

A working group of professionals and concerned citizens began meeting once the ordinance was passed and has been meeting monthly since then; at our May panel, some of the members of this working group will discuss what has happened, what the service providers in the Upper Valley are doing, and what we as a community can do to help.

George Sykes will be moderating the panel. George is the Ranking Democrat on the Transportation committee,  Chair of the Grafton County Delegation, and in his third term representing the City of Lebanon. He is also an American Red Cross Disaster Response volunteer as well as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Panelists:

  • Susan Almy is a Democratic member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Lebanon since 1996. She serves on the Ways and Means committee. As of 2008, she also chairs the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.  Sue was ACLU board chair for 6 years, and is  still on the board. She has also been involved in housing initiatives in various ways for two decades.
  • Andrew Winter is Executive Director of Twin Pines Housing Trust since 2012.  During his tenure, he has overseen significant growth in its multi-family portfolio from 240 units to 417, with more than 100 additional units in various stages of predevelopment, including supportive, senior and general occupancy housing.
  • Dawn Ferringo is the Prevention Services Division Director for Tri-County CAP and oversees the day-to-day operations and directs, administers and coordinates the activities for the agency’s Prevention Programs (Homeless Intervention and Prevention Services, The Support Center at Burch House, The Tyler Blain Homeless Shelter, and Guardianship Services).
  • Sara Kobylenski has been Executive Director of the Upper Valley Haven since March 2009. Sara came to the Haven from her role as a Field Services Director for the Vermont Agency of Human Services. 

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