BRADENTON -- The face of homelessness is changing from what has long been considered an adult male with addiction or mental health issue.
According to Rosalie Shaffer, president of the League of Women Voters of Manatee County, it's time to address the alarming increase of women with children who are joining the ranks of the homeless.
"What we hope to do is shed light on the current situation and discuss potential remedies," Shaffer wrote in a prepared statement.
The League of Women Voters will host an Oct. 12 program on the issue at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W. from noon until 1 p.m. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for a light lunch and social time for a suggested donation of $5 before the program begins with select speakers.
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Turning Points and One-Stop Center Executive Director Adell Erozer and Salvation Army Program Director Julia Showers are among the featured speakers. Also,Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason will present recommendations from a recent homeless study and discuss what her county is doing to address the homeless issue.
The public is invited to attend and participate inthe discussion.
Mark Young, Herald urban affairs reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041 or follow him on Twitter@urbanmark2014.