Carnegie Mellon University
November 17, 2011

News Brief: Fontana, Peduto To Discuss Homelessness at Forum

Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-42) and City Councilman Bill Peduto (D-8) will join regional representatives from the foundation community, county government and social service providers to discuss solutions to homelessness from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Connan Room in Carnegie Mellon's University Center.

It's estimated that more than 2,400 men, women and children did not have a home on any given night, according to the Allegheny County Department of Human Services most recent point-in-time survey. The forum will be an opportunity to share progress on Allegheny County's 10-year plan to end homelessness and discuss ways for community members to become involved with the issue.

Fontana has worked for several years to establish a task force within the Department of Education to address homeless children's education and recently re-introduced legislation that looks at the issue. Peduto has been a long-time advocate for those experiencing homelessness, working with Allegheny County officials to develop the 10-year plan to end homelessness in the region.

The event, titled "Community Forum: Ending Homelessness One Relationship at a Time" is co-sponsored by Community Health Services and CMU. In addition to Senator Fontana and Councilman Peduto, panel speakers will include Laurel Shaw Randi, senior program officer at the McCune Foundation and Pat Valentine, executive deputy director for Integrated Program Services at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.