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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Public Meeting April 28
April 22, 2010 - A public meeting will be held for the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness regarding Case Management in Permanent Supportive Housing at 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 at the Cansler Family YMCA, 616 Jessamine Street.

The Office of the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness would like to invite the public to a public conversation at the Cansler Family YMCA. We’ll take an in-depth look at case management in permanent supportive housing. Ginny Weatherstone, CEO of Volunteer Ministry Center, Inc. will discuss VMC's approach to case management in PSH, what it is and what it is not. Delivering case management in permanent supportive housing is the main role VMC fulfills in support of the Ten-Year Plan. Ms. Weatherstone will present for the first half of the meeting. The second half will be reserved for questions and conversation related to the subject of case management in permanent supportive housing.

This will be the first of a series of similar public conversations.

The Ten-Year Plan office (TYP) has heard from community members in many different venues that it needs to be more open and transparent in our communication about the work we're doing to end chronic homelessness. We agree and are committed to an open dialog and a clear and open process of developing and implementing solutions to chronic homelessness.

We have heard specifically that citizens would like to have a better understanding of case management, service delivery, permanent supportive housing development, costs to implement the TYP, and other elements of the plan and its implementation. In order to help that happen, the TYP is offering this series of public conversations to present details about these specific elements of the TYP.

We would like to keep these meetings concise, to respect the time of attendees. We will offer them on a regular basis, and invite presenters who can speak to their areas of expertise and to the roles that they play in support of the TYP. We’ll open up the floor for questions and conversation on the specific issue being addressed, and we’ll ask attendees for ideas about subjects they’d like for us to address in future public conversations.
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