Mayor Wharton hosts kick-off meeting for Committee on Mayor’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
On April 30, Mayor A C Wharton hosted a kick-off meeting for the Mayor’s Committee to End Homelessness. Deputy Director of U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Mr. Anthony Love was the guest speaker. The committee serves as the official entity responsible for the adoption and oversight of the city of Memphis Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Earlier this year, Mayor Wharton’s office participated in a conference call with the White House and US Interagency Council on Homelessness to discuss the upcoming Federal Plan to End Homelessness. This plan is due to Congress in late May and will subsequently help to inform the Memphis Ten Year Plan.
“On any given day, there are over 1,600 people sleeping on Memphis streets, in our shelters, and transitional housing programs. Among them are hundreds of children,” said Wharton. “That’s why I am pleased to announce the formation of the Mayor Committee to End Homelessness. This group of community leaders will be asked to bring us to the next level – applying the collective wisdom of its members, national research, and best practices to strategies that can and will be implemented in Memphis.”
Confirmed members to the Mayor’s Committee to End Homelessness are:
- Mayor Joe Ford, Shelby County Government
- Harold Collins, Memphis City Council
- Dr. Reginald Coopwood, Memphis Regional Medical Center
- Father Tim Sullivan , The Catholic Center
- Jan Young, Assisi Foundation
- Bryce Haugsdahl, United Way
- Scott McCormick, Plough Foundation
- Ruby Bright, Women’s Foundation
- Susan Sanford, MidSouth Food Bank
- Tomeka Hart, Memphis Urban League
- John Baker, Health, Educational & Housing Facility Board
- Martin Edwards, Edwards Investment Realtors
- Andrea Bienstock, Belz Enterprises
- Dr. Craig Strickland, Hope Presbyterian Church
- Susan Stephenson, Independent Bank
A native of Texas, Mr. Love served as President and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, prior to his current post. Love first began work on poverty and homelessness issues more than 15 years ago, following the completion of his Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
In cities across America, Ten Year Plans to End Homelessness have provided strategic focus to programmatic and funding initiatives resulting in quantifiable reductions in homelessness. The Memphis Ten Year Plan will have specific, measurable objectives and will include timelines and funding strategies to execute the plan.