CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — The mayors of of Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Summerville are hosting a homelessness summit on Thursday, October 13. The summit called “House Charleston” will be held in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library located at 68 Calhoun Street from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The purpose of the Summit is to enhance the public’s understanding of homelessness and how the community can successfully implement the Housing First Model in the Lowcountry. Housing First is a proven method of ending homelessness with the goal of offering individuals and families immediate access to permanent affordable or supportive housing.
Will Connelly, Director of the Metropolitan Homeless Commission, will be the keynote speaker. His commission successfully implemented the Housing First Model in Nashville, TN with the assistance of collaborative partners.
Several other speakers will present an in-depth analysis of the current state of homelessness in the Lowcountry.
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page and Summerville Mayor Wiley Johnson will announce the nominees for the new Mayors’ Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. The Commission will serve as an advocacy group with the mission of ensuring the availability of safe, affordable housing and services for homeless citizens.
Participants will include public and private sector representatives, elected officials, homelessness industry professionals, healthcare professionals and community advocates. The public is invited to attend and must register in advance.
For more information on the House Charleston Summit, please contact Ty Bailey at (843) 720-3836 or click here to register.