For some, the recession is over, for many families and youth it is not. Their opportunities are limited:  jobs still are hard to come by, food pantry resources are strained and affordable housing almost non-existent. Here on the North Shore, many families and youth are in desperate need.

To address this crisis, North Shore Voices to End Homelessness, a group of North Shore organizations and congregations will hold a public forum at the First Church of Swampscott Congregational, 40 Monument Ave in Swampscott on Sunday, March 24th at 2:30 pm. All who share our concerns for those in need in these difficult times are welcome to attend to learn how they can help.

The keynote address will be given by Dr Megan Sandel, M. D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and an investigator for Children’s Health Watch. Dr. Sandel is a nationally recognized authority on the affect of homelessness on children’s health and will share her ideas on how to help them.aaa

Other speakers will address key public policy issues related to services at the state and local levels and offer first-hand accounts of their experience dealing with homelessness on the North Shore.

Learn What You can Do to Help

North Shore state-level Representatives and Senators are invited to participate in this discussion of policy solutions. There will also be informational tables and an opportunity to meet organizations and advocates who are working to improve the availability services and to end homelessness locally.

For more information call Sue Kirby of Promise the Children at 978-910-0190 or Sister Linda Bessom of the Mass Coalition for the Homeless at 781-595-7570 at ext 18.

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