American Legion to hold discussion on homelessness Monday

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OXFORD—More than a half million people have experienced homelessness, according to the State of Homelessness in America 2014 report, compiled by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Homeless Research Institute. More disturbing and shameful is that 49,933 veterans in this nation are homeless.

“Although some individuals choose to be homeless because they prefer that lifestyle, we need to take a proactive rather than a reactive approach to homelessness,” Rick Nugent, the Anderson-Staples American Legion post service officer and former Homeless Veterans Outreach counselor, said. “?There needs to be a network of resources and contacts for the at-risk individual and family to turn to for assistance before they become a point-in-time statistic.”

In an effort to better understand the homeless crisis and how it affects the Oxford Hills area, the Anderson-Staples American Legion Post 112 in Oxford will conduct a community discussion on homelessness on Monday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Speakers representing Tri-County Mental Health Services, PATH program, the Maine State Housing Authority and the American Legion will speak.

For additional information, please contact Rick Nugent, post service officer, at askthepso@yahoo.com.