On Tuesday, April 19th, the city's Division of Housing and Community Development will present Mayor A C Wharton's new plan to end homelessness to the Memphis City Council. A group of artists, poets, speakers, and homeless people are raising awareness before the presentation through "Reaching Home," a two-day art and informational event.
A forum called "Home Sweet Homeless" kicks off the weekend at the Center for Transforming Communities in Binghamton on Saturday, April 2nd. Anita Beaty of Atlanta's Metro Council To End Homelessness, Michael Stoops of the National Council for the Homeless, and local housing advocate June Averyt will speak on how homelessness affects health-care costs, the justice system, and domestic violence. The event will also feature testimonials from homeless and formerly homeless Memphians, as well as performances by poets and musicians.
On Sunday, April 3rd, at the Buckman Arts Center, dancers from the Performance Arts Network and other local companies will perform "Reach: An Evening of Music and Dance."
Brad Watkins of the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center helped organize the two-day event, which he hopes will bring more people out to show support for the mayor's action plan.
Said Watkins: "This plan is the most progressive and historic set of reforms for the homeless this city has ever seen."
"Home Sweet Homeless" Panel Discussion, Saturday, April 2nd, 1-3:30 p.m., Free, The center for transforming communities,
258 N. Merton. "REACH," Sunday, April 3rd, 5:30 p.m., $10 adults/$5 students, The Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's school,
60 Perkins Ext. (725-4990).