Annual Housing for All bus tour set for Sept. 18

Maple Grove’s Housing for All group will host its 2012 Bus Tour: “What’s in Your Backpack” Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Road 101 in Maple Grove.

This will be the sixth annual bus tour around and will offer the community; people interested in affordable housing, council members, human service commissioners and people affiliated with human services some successful affordable housing models in their cities.

Along the tour, Housing for All will illustrate ways cities can participate in the creation of additional affordable housing units. A box lunch will be provided.

More than 1.5 million American children have no place to call home. In addition to having nowhere to call home, these vulnerable children have virtually nothing to call their own and that creates tremendous insecurity for a child, not only about what they will eat and where they will sleep, who they are and how they are perceived by others.

Their backpacks contain essentials to help cope with the trauma of homelessness and succeed in school.

While life continues to bring challenges, find out how families that were given a chance to start fresh and build hope for a better and brighter future looks like in the community.

Experience the discomfort and insecurity of homelessness, and listen to several live stories that will take tour participants through their journey towards affordable housing. Join in on an expedition to several affordable sites in Maple Grove and Plymouth, see how these families have transformed and see what is in their backpack now.

Housing for All, a non-profit coalition of area churches, business leaders and interested citizens, promotes affordable housing in the northwest metropolitan suburbs.

Those interested in attending the Housing for All Bus Tour event should RSVP to Jason Wittak at jwittak@stjosephparish.com or at 763-544-3552 ext. 118. More information is available at housingforallnow.net.

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