In its ‘Issues that Matter’ series, Sno-Isle Libraries is planning four programs this winter on homelessness in Snohomish County.
The four public discussions, “Homelessness Here,” will explore the causes and prevention of the problem in Snohomish and Island counties.
“When we ask residents in our communities what issues concern them most, homelessness is always high on the list,” said Sonia Gustafson, leader of the library district’s Issues That Matter team and manager of Lake Stevens Library.
The forums begin on Jan. 10, at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley, when panelists will be Joanne Pelant, housing resource coordinator, Island County Department of Human Services; Faith Wilder, president of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition; Lori Cavender, founder of Ryan’s House for Youth and creator of Island County’s Host Home program; Gail LaVassar, homeless education coordinator for South Whidbey School District. The moderator will be Marshall Goldberg.
On Jan. 26, the forum will be at Lake Stevens School District Administration Building, 12309 22nd St NE. Panelists will be Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Julio Cortes, public relations manager, Cocoon House; and Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, Lake Stevens Family Center and Granite Falls Family Support Center. The moderator will be Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer
On Feb. 22, a forum at Weston High School Commons, 4407 172nd St. NE, Arlington, will feature panelists Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Nicolas Quijano, advocate supervisor, Cocoon House; Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, Lake Stevens Family Center and Granite Falls Family Support Center. The moderator will be Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert.
On Feb. 28, at Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., panelists will be Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Outreach director Elysa Hovard with Cocoon House, and Mark Waldin, program manager of South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter.
Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County and member of Lynnwood Human Services Commission, is the moderator.