Virtual summit to address homelessness in Lawrence and Douglas County

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A summit to be held virtually Wednesday and Thursday, with the theme of “Challenge Meets Opportunity,” will address homelessness and houselessness in Lawrence and Douglas County.

Wednesday’s sessions are open to the public; Thursday’s sessions are limited to invited stakeholders, according to information provided by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

The summit’s goals are to bring people who are experiencing homelessness, members of the public, and local government officials together with experts on available funding and successful interventions, advocates, stakeholders and service providers, according to KDADS.

There will be an opportunity for those in attendance to learn about new federal resources available to address homelessness prevention and recovery, according to KDADS.

Events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the agenda is as follows:

The summit will be facilitated by the Center for Organizational Development and Collaboration out of Wichita State University.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Tenants to Homeowners, Family Promise, the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition and Justice Matters have been involved in the planning, according to KDADS.

Public registration for Wednesday is available at

Thursday’s events are intended for city and county officials and experts on the issues, according to the information from KDADS.


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