Annual summit examines rural homelessness

Annual summit examines rural homelessness

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 2, 2013

Rural Homelessness Summit

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University will host the second annual Rural Homelessness Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kehr Union, multipurpose rooms A and B. The summit is open to faculty, staff, students and community members.

The summit will feature keynote speaker Keith Wardrip, community development research manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He will speak on “Affordability and Availability of Rental Housing in Pennsylvania” at noon.

The summit will include:

  • an overview of renter education programs by Jim Meehan, regional housing coordinator for the Self Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania, 9:30 a.m.
  • overview of master leasing by Kevin Kasun, regional housing specialist for shelter services in Mifflin County, 9:45 a.m.
  • and overview of criminal justice and re-entry programs by Jennifer McConnell from the PA Department of Crime and Delinquency, 10 a.m.

Small group breakout sessions for faculty, staff and students to develop strategies for regional action will begin at 1 p.m.

The event is sponsored by BU’s Center for Community Research and Consulting, Office of Civic Engagement, College of Liberal Arts and SOLVE Office, as well as the Columbia/Montour Homelessness Task Force and the Pennsylvania Alliance Against Homelessness.

For information, contact Heather Feldhaus, director of BU’s Center for Community Research and Consulting, hfeldhau@bloomu.edu.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.