Rethink homelessness

You may associate homelessness with the person camped outside of your local business or the young man and his dog congregating in Drake Park but homelessness in Central Oregon is more than what you see. The loss of a job or an unexpected medical bill can tip the scale from barely covering rent to homelessness. It’s your children’s schoolmate, the person next to you in line at the grocery store, or even your neighbor.

In 2015, more than 2,000 individuals self-identified as experiencing homelessness in the tricounty region. We’ll dispel many misconceptions of homelessness from those who work in the field and learn more about what’s being done in government so we can take action. Together with Gwenn Wysling, Bethlehem Inn executive director, Bruce Abernethy, former Bend mayor and LaPine School District grantwriter and Erik Kancler, public policy representative, let’s rethink homelessness!

The forum is scheduled to take place Thursday, July 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes. To register, please visit or call 541-633-7163. Registration closes at noon on Monday, July 18. The cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. Plated lunch is included.


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