Local church, agencies promote homelessness awareness

NORWICH – The Chenango Housing Council (CHC) will be co-sponsoring a film, “@home,” to be shown at the upcoming “Second Tuesday’s Film Series” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the Founders Room at the United Church of Christ.

The Church, located at 11 W. Main St. in Norwich, will show the documentary-styled film which explores homelessness in America. It is hoped that “@home” will foster a means of communication and engage community members in dialogue about the causes and solutions of homelessness and what is needed to create a renewed sense of empowerment to tackle the ongoing crisis.

While the CHC continues to actively address the growing problem of homelessness in Chenango County, along with other support agencies such as Chenango County Department of Social Services Emergency Services Unit and Catholic Charities, it hopes to also get the word out to the general public via community showings of this film as it builds a coordinated county-wide movement of advocates and resources.

“The general public is just not aware of the increased homelessness issue here in Chenango County,” explained Catholic Charities Community Outreach Director and CHC affiliate Gary Quarella. “Many people in our area are so engrossed with their own lives that they just don't know. Others have a stereotypical image in their mind of what a “homeless person” looks like on the street in a cardboard box, and simply dismiss the issue because they never see that here in Chenango County,” Quarella added.

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