Lake Arrowhead Mountain

Sunrise Rotary Club

Joyce Garrison and Sue Walker - Mountain Homeless Coalition (MHC)

Joyce Garrison and Sue Walker reported on the new Mountain Homeless Coalition (MHC), which they reported has begun with the help of St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church and other organizations in the community. This new organization emerged from a homeless Point in Time Count in January of 2016 followed by another in January 2017. Nine were counted in 2016; 31 were counted in 2017.
 
The Coalition is now addressing issues of homelessness on our mountain year-round. They participated in the May 20th Health Fair in Crestline, and they are currently working to ensure that the 113 Rim of the World USD students considered homeless will begin school in the fall with backpacks and other supplies needed. MHC will also sponsor a summit on homeless Thursday, July 27 with speaker Phillip Mongano. The time and place are (TBA). At this summit the community will learn more about Housing First, a new cost-effective and successful program for addressing the issues of homelessness.