Canandaigua to hold homeless forum-D&C Article-August 21, 2014

Canandaigua to hold homeless forum
Sarah Taddeo, Staff writer

Community members fighting homelessness in Canandaigua will hold their fifth “Nowhere to Go” community forum Thursday to discuss the progress of ongoing projects involving multiple local agencies.

Canandaigua resident Bob Helmer — founder of Pheonix Gate, a support organization for people struggling with homelessness — realized that the city couldn’t reach a long-term solution on the homeless issue without community involvement and a commitment to living life with chronically homeless individuals.

Helmer reached out to people living in dilapidated Canandaigua homes, emergency housing motels or in the woods to see what he could do to find them housing, careers or medical help.

Helmer and several other community members started these community forums in January to brainstorm community ideas on homelessness, and to inform individuals of ways they could help with already existing agencies providing support, like Care Net Pregnancy Center and The Partnership for Ontario County.

The forum will be held at Crosswinds Wesleyan Church at 3360 Middle Cheshire Rd. in Canandaigua at 6:30 p.m. All residents from the Rochester area are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

Check out the link for more information and to check out the video along with the link to visit the forum’s Facebook page for more information!