Initiative aimed at addressing homelessness

In an attempt to address the homeless problem in Johnson County, local officials are hosting an initiative looking at the causes and impacts of poverty on the community.

Bridges Out of Poverty will be a daylong learning and planning workshop hosted by KIC-IT, a Johnson County homelessness agency. The event will last from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Drive.

Sponsored by Home Bank, the initiative will provide innovative concepts and training to help employers, community organizations, social-service agencies and individuals address poverty in a thorough and effective way.

The leader and main speaker will be Philip E. DeVol, author and consultant on poverty issues. DeVol will offer research-based ideas about helping the poor in the community, then help facilitate a discussion among Johnson County leaders about steps to take to tackle the poverty issue.

The workshop is open to the public, and all interested parties are encouraged to come. Registration is $25 per person, and includes lunch and materials.

For more information or to register, go to, or call (317) 412-4973.

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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.