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By Cari Hachmann

Councilmember Laura Ferguson and Mayor Pro Tem Dan Bane, along with the city’s Human Affairs Committee, will co-host a town hall meeting on homelessness from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at the San Clemente Community Center at 100 N. Calle Seville.

The council unanimously approved the town hall at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

The town hall meeting will include a panel of representatives from various organizations, including Elizabeth Andrade, COO, Mercy House; Mary Perdue, executive director of Family Assistance Ministries; Pastor Brenda Bos of Christ Lutheran Church; Gina Scott, interim executive of Orange County’s HomeAid; Ed Manhart, police chief of San Clemente’s police services; and City Attorney Scott Smith.

Councilmembers will provide a brief status update on the state of affairs in San Clemente, before panelists will be offered the stage to speak. Each panelist will address homelessness and share what their organization does to help with this ever-growing issue, said Ferguson.

Panelists will also take questions from the audience. The discussion will be moderated by the co-hosts, and there will also be an opportunity for the public to submit their questions ahead of time, prior to 6 p.m., on sheets of paper at the front entrance.

The meeting will end with a “closing and call to action,” where community members will be advised on how they can stay involved. The city’s Human Affairs Committee plans to continue to host workshops discussing topics on the complex social problem of homelessness.

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