Join a community conversation on homelessness facilitated by WSU Vancouver

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 4:41pm -- brenda_alling

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Initiative for Public Deliberation at Washington State University Vancouver invites the public to participate in a conversation about homelessness in Clark and Cowlitz Counties.

There are five opportunities to participate:

  • 6 – 7:30 p.m. April 10, Cowlitz County Conference Center, 1900 7th Ave. SW, Longview, WA 98632
  • 2 – 3:30 p.m. April 11, WSU Vancouver in the Firstenburg Student Commons, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686
  • 6 – 7:30 p.m. April 11, Washougal Community Center, 1681 C Street, Washougal, WA 98671
  • 9 – 10:30 a.m. April 12, Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604
  • 6 – 7:30 p.m. April 24, Vancouver Community Library (main), 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

The questions that will be explored during the forum will seek to uncover the root causes of homelessness, challenges related to homelessness in the community and what is needed to meet these challenges. 

“We decided to hold these conversations on homelessness because it has become a major issue in our communities. Coming together to discuss this issue in a safe and inclusive environment will help us understand each other’s perspective and seek common understanding,” said Carolyn N. Long, director of the IPD and associate professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs.

All forums are free and open to the public. Register by visiting:, or under “upcoming forums.”  Contact to request accommodations.

The WSU Vancouver-Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service’s Initiative for Public Deliberation was established in spring 2015. The IPD has hosted forums on affordable housing, access to higher education and race. These community conversations are examples of deliberative democracy at work—participants who attend engage in small group discussions about the issue at hand.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

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