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Find Out What It's Like to be Homeless During July 25 Homeless Simulation

Two free sessions offered

Post Date:07/19/2019

Find out what it is like to be homeless during the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Human Services Department interactive homeless simulation, which will be held Thursday, July 25 at the Allen P. August Annex Building, 2000 Moeling St., in Lake Charles.

There will be two, three-hour sessions – one from 9 a.m.-noon and another from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. - to give participants a taste of what it is like to be homeless. During the sessions, participants will experience how hard it is to find housing with limited resources. They will visit different booths, each depicting different scenarios faced by homeless people. 

Each session will be followed by a community discussion about how and why people become homeless and how poverty stands in the way of self-sufficiency.

The homeless simulation is free but you must pre-register. To do so, call 337-721-4030.

The Human Services Department is also hosting a Homeless Shelter Community Resource Fair, which will be held July 28-29, also at the Allen P. August Annex, 2000 Moeling St.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. on July 28.

Transportation services will be offered at Abraham’s Tent, 2424 Fruge St.(beginning at 2 p.m.); Taco Bell parking lot, 3407 Gerstner Memorial Blvd (beginning at 3 p.m.) and at the Lake Charles Civic Center, 901 Lakeshore Drive (beginning at 4 p.m.)

Onsite services at the event will include information on Medicaid/Medicare benefits, legal services, veterans services, housing services, food stamp information and employment resources, as well as basic health screenings and hepatitis shots. There will also be door prizes and games for participants.

For more information on this event, call 337-721-4030.

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