Join us for a panel discussion and open forum in Pottstown with your neighbors, community activists, and elected officials about Montco's crisis of housing affordability on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
We will focus on finding areas of common ground and solutions to help alleviate homelessness in our current climate – defined by a shortage of decent, affordable housing.
Our "Code Blue Forum" will include a small panel discussion of local leaders with experience serving unhoused people, as well an "open mic" for attendees to share ideas, struggles, or ask questions.
You can RSVP on our Facebook event page.
Our confirmed panelists will include Sunanda Charles, executive director of Norristown Hospitality Center; Tom Niahros, executive director of Beacon of Hope Church; Stephanie Sena, anti-poverty fellow at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law; Kelly Horvat, co-founder of Ann Francis Outreach and Pottstown High School graduate; and Rev. Alex Evangelista, pastor at Church on the Mall in Plymouth Meeting (which is a Code Blue shelter this season).
What is Code Blue?
In Montgomery County, "during periods of extreme, life-threatening weather, defined as a wind-chill factor of 20°F or below, multiple county agencies and private health / social organizations will offer expanded services for those without adequate shelter, including the chronically homeless and homeless families with children. The goal of the Code Blue plan is to provide temporary shelter, food, and clothing to those in need," according to the county.
Individuals without shelter should contact 211 for services.