Sunday, 3/30 from 2-3:30 PM: Residents of Arlington, Somerville, and Cambridge are invited to this forum at the Arlington Senior Center, 20 Academy Street, to learn more about the current face of homelessness in our communities and region.
Family homelessness has reached record levels in MA, due to the continued economic recession for low-income families, federal budget cuts, and the shortage of low-income housing. Over 2000 families are in shelters and 2100 more families are in motels each night, causing risks to the health and development of children.
Keynote speaker will be State Rep. Byron Rushing, Co-Chair of the Commission to End Homelessness and MA House Majority Whip. Additional speakers include Diane Sullivan, Policy Director for Homes for Families, who will talk about her own experience of being homeless; and Danny LeBlanc, of the Somerville Community Corporation, who will talk about the Minimum Wage Campaign.
Area state legislators will attend to give their responses to the forum talks. Prevention, housing and service organizations will have info and display tables available. Sponsors of the event include Somerville Homeless Coalition and Housing Corporation of Arlington, two of Calvary’s key partners in the community.