A public forum is scheduled Oct. 10 in Crescent City with the end goal “ending homelessness in our community,” according to the sponsor, True North Organizing Network.

In a press release, True North’s Del Norte Homelessness Organizing Committee says the forum invites any member of the community who may be able to contribute to the discussion.

“We believe (and evidence shows) that communities that are successful in addressing Homelessness do so by coming together to work productively on developing sustainable solutions,” the release said.

The committee was created by True North Organizing Network and has been researching homelessness issues. The committee has given presentations to both the Crescent City Council and Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, prompting both to adopt resolutions saying that ending homelessness locally is a priority.

During those meetings, it was disclosed that as many as 500 adults and 156 students may be without permanent housing in Crescent City.

“And if we really think about it: How many of our friends, family, neighbors or even ourselves are only a few paychecks or a serious illness from finding ourselves in the same condition?” the committee press release asks.

“Homelessness is already costing our community a lot of money. It degrades the human dignity and endangers the lives of the people who are without shelter. It’s time to come up with some real answers to this crisis,” the release said.

The forum will feature presentations and discussion and will take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 220 E. Macken Ave., Crescent City.

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