Public Invited to Homeless Education Event and Vendor Fair

The City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department and the Council of Service Providers to the Homeless (CSPH) encourages members of the community to attend the Homeless Education and Vendor Fair on Friday, February 5, 2016. This event will be held from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, located at 102 North Neil Street in downtown Champaign.

Community experts will make a series of enlightening 30-minute presentations on a variety of topics related to homelessness.  Local agencies serving the homeless will also be available to share valuable information about community resources and answer questions throughout the evening.

“We hope the public will join us to learn more about those living in our community that don’t have an address,” said Melany Jackson, Chair of the Council of Service Providers to the Homeless.  “We’ll have a series of educational presentations about the impact of homelessness on so many parts of our society, and local agencies, will be on hand to answer questions about community services available to those in need.”

Below is a schedule of the night’s presentations:

Time Topic Presenter
6:00 pm “Panhandling and Homelessness” The Canteen Run
6:30 pm “Sheltering vs. Transitional Housing” TIMES Center
7:00 pm “Life after Homelessness” C-U at Home
7:30 pm “Women and Homelessness” Courage Connection
8:00 pm “Veterans and Homelessness” The VA/The Salvation Army
8:30 pm “Law Enforcement and Homelessness” Urbana Police Department
9:00 pm “Substance Abuse and Homelessness” The Prairie Center
9:30 pm “Mental Health and Homelessness” NAMI


Contact:  Melany Jackson | 217-480-5820 | [email protected]