Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Homeless win a voice

They asked, and they received.

Homeless or formerly homeless people won two seats on the Homeless Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County during a gospel-music-inspired meeting at a small church in downtown Winston-Salem.

The Homeless Council, which helps distribute federal grant money to local agencies that deal with the homeless, includes representatives from nonprofit and government organizations.

David Harold, executive director of the council, promised that homeless or formerly homeless people would have two voting seats on the council, adding that he would pay those representatives a small stipend for their work. The two members will be chosen within a few weeks.

"For a long time, we have wanted this; we just didn't know how to make it happen," Harold said. "Homeless people and people who have recently been homeless know much better what works than people like me."

Read the Winston-Salem Journal report here.


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