Monterey County to host first homeless summit Thursday – Salinas Valley Tribune

MONTEREY COUNTY – Monterey County, the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers, the Monterey County Community Foundation, and the Monterey Bay Economic Association (MBEP) have teamed up to present the first Lead Me Home Summit on the Senate. Monterey County, which will be held on Thursday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is virtual and free. Community members can register at bit.ly/2022LeadMeHome to participate, listen online or in audition spaces that will open for residents in Salinas, Seaside and Pacific Grove. There will be interpretation in Spanish and ASL.

“The only way we can move forward on homelessness is through a coordinated effort,” said Dan Baldwin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. “The Homeless Summit will shed light on how our collective efforts can bring results.”

The data show that Monterey County’s chronic homeless population, both in cities and unincorporated areas, is growing. The Summit will bring together community leaders, decision-makers and local and regional experts to examine emerging issues related to homelessness.

Solutions to addressing the problems underlying the homeless will have a focus on the county and the community, officials say.

“Our region’s response to homelessness is interconnected with the biggest crisis in housing accessibility,” said MBEP President and CEO Tahra Goraya. “An effective response also depends on strong public / private partnerships between sectors to ensure that all voices are on the table when discussing possible solutions and action plans, leveraging all aspects of our community’s power to address these challenges.”

Summit topics include discrediting the myths of the homeless, chronic youth and homelessness, camping and parking solutions, and available state and federal resources to local jurisdictions.

Keynote speakers include Dhakshike Wickrema, deputy secretary of homelessness for the California State Agency for Consumer Services and Housing; and Graham Knaus, executive director of the California State County Association.

Also featured at the summit were Monterey County’s one-time 2022 report and the recently released Lead Me Home five-year plan to reduce homelessness.

For the community, the summit will be streamed online in Monterey County Facebook e YouTube pages.

Audience spaces will also be available to the public at the following locations: Monterey County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 168 W. Alisal St., Salinas; Seaside Council Chambers, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside; and Pacific Grove City Council Chambers, 300 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

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