AN INNOVATIVE NEW PROJECT BY VETERANS PLACE
The plight of our soldiers on the battlefield is recognized nationwide. When that status transitions to “veteran” following active duty, the struggle for many servicemen and women continues, though out of the public eye. Of primary concern to organizations such as Veterans Place is the alarming rate of homelessness among vets. Veterans are more than twice as likely as civilians to experience homelessness during their lifetimes. September speaker, Veterans Place Executive Director Marlon Ferguson, will describe an innovative new initiative designed to “shrink” that statistic in the Pittsburgh region. The exciting project Mr. Ferguson will describe is the development of a tiny-home community in Penn Hills designed to serve as a destination for veterans who have successfully completed Veterans Place’s transitional programs. The site will also include a community center, workshops, a community garden, walking trails, and an apartment for family visits. “At Veterans Place, our mission is to improve the lives of homeless veterans,” explains Mr. Ferguson. “Through this initiative, we’re working to end homelessness, one veteran at a time.” Marlon Ferguson is a veteran of the U.S. navy and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. The public is welcome to attend this free AAUW-sponsored presentation. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, philanthropy, education, and research.
Date & Time
September 13, 2016