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    Duquesne University Roundtable Focuses on Ending Homelessness

    Nov. 11, 2010

    Duquesne University and the Community Human Services Corp. (CHS) are teaming up to host an event on campus to engage local politicians, professors and students in a 10-year-plan developed by area government agencies to end homelessness.

    The Legislative Roundtable to End Homelessness in Allegheny County will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Duquesne Room. According to the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, more than 2,200 men, women and children in the area receive homeless services and housing support, while an untold number receive no support at all.

    Discussing this problem and solutions will be state Sen. John Pippy; City Councilman Bill Peduto; Marc Cherna, director of Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services; Adrienne Walnoha, chief executive officer of CHS; and Drew G. Miller, a CHS board member.

    “While the current economy is a major factor driving today’s homelessness, there are multiple underlying factors that play a role in good times or bad,” Pippy said. “That’s why the long-term, 10-year plan being discussed offers the best opportunity for making a real impact.”

    Peduto affirmed the need for the focus on ending homelessness.

    “Today, homeless and housing support services are being used by people who never thought they would need them,” said Peduto. “As the numbers grow, we need to create a comprehensive plan that will address housing needs in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for the next decade.”

    Open to the campus community as well as the public, the roundtable also presents a unique opportunity for college students to interact with their elected officials in an environment meant to enrich their awareness of the issues associated with homelessness in the county.

    “Duquesne students will be encouraged to use this opportunity to create a dialogue with regional political figures to address homelessness and increase their understanding of how entities work together to serve those individuals who are homeless,” said Alia M. Pustorino-Clevenger, assistant director for community engagement at Duquesne.

    To view Allegheny County’s 10-year plan, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/10yearhomeless.aspx.

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