A survey of Penticton youth shows that of those surveyed, over 23 per cent have experienced homelessness at some point. (File photo)

A survey of Penticton youth shows that of those surveyed, over 23 per cent have experienced homelessness at some point. (File photo)

5 things people may not know about homelessness in Penticton

100 More Homes Penticton will be among presenters of the next Brown Bag Lecture March 8

The local landscape of homelessness will be the focus of the next Brown Bag Lecture at the Penticton Museum and Archive on Tuesday, March 8.

As part of the Penticton’s Museum and Archives’ lunch-hour-themed Brown Bag Lecture Series, Penticton City community mobilizer Jamie Lloyd-Smith is expected to reveal five things people may not know about homelessness in the city from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

“Homelessness is a social and systemic issue facing many communities across Canada,” she said.

100 More Homes Penticton will share a bit about the work of 100 More Homes, data about homelessness in Penticton, the ambitious national campaign that Penticton is applying to join (Built for Zero Canada), and more. Presenters will include Lloyd-Smith, from the city’s social development team and Tanya Behardien, chair of 100 More Homes and executive director of OneSky Community Resources.

The presentation will come three weeks after the city was presented with a report that stated 1 in 20 youth in Penticton may be currently homeless.

READ ALSO: Nowhere to go: Report to Penticton council says 1 in 20 youth may be homeless

Lloyd-Smith’s lecture is expected to address solutions to solve the issue.

“In Penticton, we have an ambitious group of local stakeholders, partners and experts working to address homelessness through collaborative initiatives based on the unique needs of our community.”

The museum’s lecture series has explored several different topics over the last four months, from the history of travel in the Okanagan to contemporary talking points like Penticton’s bike lane.

READ ALSO: Documentary to be filmed at Penticton Museum’s next Brown Bag Lecture

Admission to the presentation is by donation.

People can attend the lecture in person at the museum or via Zoom.


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