Forum on homelessness planned at library

Milford, Conn. Public Library

Milford, Conn. Public Library

Jill Dion / Hearst Connecticut Media

The Milford Homeless Outreach Group will host an educational community event called Faces of Homelessness on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the event to learn about the causes and possible solutions to homelessness in Milford and ways to get involved. The event includes speakers, a panel discussion, a question and answer segment, plus personal stories of those who’ve experienced homelessness.

According to Jennifer Paradis, executive director of the Beth-El Center shelter and soup kitchen, “The barriers and solutions for those men, women, veterans and families experiencing homelessness in our community are diverse, complex and ever-changing. This event is a wonderful opportunity to open a community dialogue, find common understanding and explore new ways to take on these critical needs as a community.”

The Milford Homeless Outreach Group is Milford’s homeless task force, which is focused on leveraging the skills and resources of all of its partners to wrap supports and intervention tools around each unsheltered individual in the community, one by one, according to the Homeless Outreach Group.

Focused on coordinated outreach and engagement efforts, jail diversion, medical intervention for high emergency room users and flexible dollars to support diversion techniques, the group meets monthly to develop and implement public education campaigns and to close the gaps in the system.

The event is open to the public and sponsored by the Beth-El Center, Milford Health Department and the Milford Public Library.

For more information, contact the Beth-El Center at 203-876-0747.