Panel discussion: What do you want to know about housing and homelessness in Wooster area?

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A flier gives details for a Feb. 10 community meeting on homelessness. Debora Catlett, deputy director of the Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority, will replace Stan Popp as one of the panelists.
A flier gives details for a Feb. 10 community meeting on homelessness. Debora Catlett, deputy director of the Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority, will replace Stan Popp as one of the panelists.

WOOSTER – The League of Women Voters of Wayne County and the Wooster Homelessness Task Force are hosting a community meeting to discuss and answer questions about housing and homelessness in the city.

The event — from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Bruch Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave. — is meant to highlight the homelessness issue and facilitate conversation about "providing shelter for all."

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Those in attendance will hear from three panelists: Krista Kidney, the special projects coordinator at OneEighty, Deborah Catlett, the deputy director for the Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the Rev. Kevan Franklin of Trinity United Church of Christ.

Catlett will speak in place of Stan Popp, the director for the housing authority, who is unable to attend, said Susan Figge, of the community meeting planning committee.

Panelists and representatives from area social service and community agencies will answer questions submitted online by Friday, Feb. 4, Figge said.

To submit a question by the deadline, visit https://forms.gle/hEHUGms5UftZSZoM9.

What you can expect

The question and answer portion is to help residents better understand what is being done for those in the community without adequate shelter and how they can help, she said.

"The goal is to show how the community can be supportive and to show what opportunities are available to be involved in," Figge said. "It's to point out something that is a real problem in the city and it is a growing group."

Figge said the issue isn't on the scale of New York City or Los Angeles, but it is a problem nonetheless.

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"We want people to pay attention to what services are available and to understand why this is a growing issue," she said. "There are many reasons why people are homeless; housing is an issue and homelessness is on that spectrum."

She hopes residents will better understand the shelterless community and know how they can help. By engaging the community, the hope is that education will breed action and discussion, she said.

"We want to help people any way that we can," Figge said.

MCTV will record the event and broadcast it on a future date that is yet to be determined, she said.

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This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Wooster-area agencies to hold a meeting about homelessness and housing

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