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Upcoming discussion, fundraiser to benefit Bucks County homeless

The virtual conversation ‘Barriers to Shelter’ is set for June 7, and household items are being collected through June 12

United Way of Bucks County, in an effort to raise awareness of homelessness in Bucks County, is partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Omega Zeta Omega Chapter of Bucks County for the virtual discussion “Barriers to Shelter: The State of Homelessness in Bucks County” on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 p.m.

Attendees can contribute to the cause while hearing from several leaders, including Marissa Christie, CEO, United Way of Bucks County; Jeff Fields, director, Housing and Community Development, Bucks County; Allen Johnson, street outreach case manager, Bucks County Opportunity Council; and Murielle Kelly, director of housing services, Family Service Association of Bucks County.

United Way of Bucks County and Omega Zeta Omega Chapter are teaming up again to collect much-needed housewares for the United Way of Bucks County HELP Center and the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter.

The general public can drop off items at The Shops at Valley Square (courtyard outside of Ulta) in Warminster on Sunday, June 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. and inside Starbucks at the Oxford Oaks Shopping Center in Yardley, now through June 12, during store hours.

Donations are needed of new, basic household supplies, such as mops, brooms, Swiffer mops, dish towels, disposable utensils, toilet paper, towel sets (hand and washcloth), trash bags (all sizes), laundry detergent and dryer sheets. These items will help families and individuals experiencing homelessness and those transitioning out of homelessness.

In Bucks County, where the median household income hovers around $90,000 a year, there is still homelessness. On a cold night in January, at least 427 people slept outside or in an emergency or temporary shelter in towns throughout the county. According to the 2022 Point-In-Time Survey, which provides a one-day nationwide snapshot of homelessness, this year an additional 139 people were without a home of their own in Bucks County.

Click here to register for the virtual discussion. Click here to make a donation.

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