Public invited to forum on homelessness

By Emily LeCoz

TUPELO – A municipally appointed group tasked with studying homelessness will host a public forum today to solicit input from the community.
amp”Everyone is invited to attend and share their thoughts, concerns and ideas as to how our community might better address the issues confronting homeless citizens in our midst,amp” said the Rev. Paul Stephens, spokesman for the Tupelo Task Force on Homelessness.
The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 608 Jefferson St., across the street from the Lee County Library.
Appointed last year by the mayor and City Council, the task force will use information from the forum to write a report for the city. The report is expected to offer recommendations about how Tupelo might best serve those without permanent shelter.
The issue garnered extra attention recently after the city dismantled a makeshift homeless camp that had appeared on South Gloster Street behind Wendy’s. City leaders cited complaints from nearby businesses and a string of incidents involving the police – as well as a request from the property’s owner – as reasons for evicting camp residents.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com