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Wednesday, March 18 Community Forum:

Why is Housing First the Priority  

For the Homeless?


You may have seen the coverage of Housing First on the Daily Show or read about it in a recent article in the The Economist. At the March 18 Community Forum you will learn more about solutions for ending homelessness in Santa Barbara County and you will hear the results of the January 2015 Vulnerability Survey that was conducted throughout the county.


Panelists will include Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, who will discuss the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. This challenge is a way to solidify partnerships and secure commitments to end veteran homelessness from mayors across the country.

Other speakers will be: Tom Sloan from Social Venture Partners, a network of volunteers, parents, community leaders and philanthropists; and Zahra Nahar-Moore, representing The Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness (C3H), a regional collaborative effort focused on housing those without homes that brings together homeless services agencies, government, community based organizations, other local groups, non-profits, foundations, faith communities, street friends, business and community leaders, and individuals.


Also on the panel will be Alice Villarreal Redit from the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, a local public agency created under state law for the purpose of providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local and private resources.


Moderator will be Emily Allen of the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County and Common Ground Santa Barbara County. Common Ground is dedicated to recruiting, training and educating volunteers to effectively house the most vulnerable individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Barbara County.  


Legal Aid's mission is to provide high-quality legal services to ensure that low-income persons and seniors have access to the civil justice system in times of crisis-to secure safe, habitable shelter, adequate income, and protection from domestic violence and elder abuse.


LWVSB has a long-standing position in support of "appropriate solutions with adequate financing, to respond to both short and long term needs of homeless people," including a government sponsored community-wide task force and joint planning by governmental agencies at all levels with non-profit and private organizations, the business community and private citizens.


Forums are held from noon to 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De la Vina Street. They are free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch; drinks and desserts will be provided. Parking behind the center is free during the meeting. 

On Tuesday, March 24, 7-9 p.m.

Immigration and the Vote   


A Celebration & Discussion on:

* How Does Voting Affect Immigration?

* How Does Immigration Affect Voting?

* How Do Immigrants Become Voters?

* How Do Our Personal Attitudes and

Experiences Reflect the Dreams & Realities

of Immigration Policies and Politics?


Come and learn about the fascinating  background of voting in our nation of immigrants. Get the latest information about what's happening on immigration in the US Congress from Peggy Orchowski, Congressional Reporter for the past ten years in Washington D.C. for the Hispanic Outlook Magazine, and author of two books: Immigration and the American Dream (2008) and The Law That Changed the Face of America (2015)


Join us to celebrate our commitment on being a successful nation of immigrants and to share our pride in each of our particular family's 

immigrant heritage!


The forum at Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 de la Vina St., will be recorded and translated. 

For more information, call (805) 965-2442.

The League Now Has Its Own
YouTube Channel!

You can now watch our LWVSB community forums on YouTube. Just click here and see videos on Crimes Against Women, District vs At-Large Elections in the City of Santa Barbara and other important topics.


Videos are also posted on our website. 

Please visit our website to become a member or rejoin, see our calendar of events, videos and learn more about the League.

Joanie Jones & Susan Shank  
League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara 

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