This informational forum, April 16 at 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, focuses on the issue of homelessness in our community. Panelists include: Homeless Officer Stacey Sanders; Denise Giles, Director of Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network; a homeless individual; Graham Kelly from Family Endeavors; and Paige Rentz from The Fayetteville Observer as moderator. Learn about the issue and what can be done to help and discuss your concerns.
For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call (910) 483-7727.
Homelessness is a serious problem for Cumberland County; a January 2013 count found 615 individuals, representing .19% of the county's total population. According to data from the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness, nearly a quarter of North Carolina's homeless population are children and another fifteen percent are their parents. Single men make up nearly half of the homeless population (46%) while single women are 15%. Statewide, veterans comprise 9% of the homeless population. Statistics from Carolina Demography: