Forum to Discuss Poverty
Transition Town Manchester is hosting a free public forum to educate the community on the deepening crisis of poor Vermonters, who are working one or two jobs but still cannot afford safe, decent housing or other basic necessities. As a result, seniors, people with disabilities and those on fixed incomes are watching their independence and dignity slip away. All of them endure the debilitating effects of poverty, which puts them at even greater risk of harm and suffering. This growing crisis poses threats to Vermont’s social fabric and economic stability.
Participants in the event will include Chris Curtis, co-chair of Governor Shumlin’s council on Pathways from Poverty; Martha Carey, director of the Community Food Cupboard, Manchester; Chris Oldham, executive director of the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless; and Steve Berry, representative to the State Legislature from the district that includes Manchester, Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate. Come and learn about local trends, the State situation, the Council’s proposed policy initiatives and what’s happening in the legislature. The forum will be held in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.