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Lovell FHCC to host Homeless Summit on Wednesday, Feb. 26

February 24, 2014

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Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs director, Lake County Sheriff, community partners to participate in Lovell FHCC Homeless Veterans Summit Feb. 26

On-site Resource Fair will provide information to Veterans and health care providers and others who provide support to Veterans
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Erica Borggren and approximately 100 community agency representatives, health care providers, social workers, local leaders, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Illinois state officials will attend Lovell Federal Health Care Center’s annual Homeless Veterans Summit from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Bourke Hall, Building 4.

The purpose of the summit is to bring together key stakeholders in the community, local counties and the state, to enhance access to services, support and health care for homeless Veterans, and Veterans at risk of becoming homeless.

Lake County, Ill. Sheriff Mark Curran, Jr. will join Borggren, Illinois Joining Forces Homelessness and Housing Chair Katie Tuten, Lovell FHCC Deputy Director/Commanding Officer Capt. José Acosta, and other Lovell FHCC providers and social workers on a panel discussing emerging strategies for ending homelessness among Veterans.

Examples of specific topics that will be discussed at the summit include current VA and non-VA resources for homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of becoming homeless, and ways to collaborate with community partners to reduce barriers and improve coordination.

The summit is aligned with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s initiative to end homelessness among our nation’s Veterans by the end of 2015. The Homeless Summit also will have a Resource Fair. Participants, including Veterans, will have an opportunity to increase their awareness of community resources and each will be provided a resource binder.

Invited participants include but are not limited to Hines and Jesse Brown VA Medical Centers, Evanston Vet Center, the College of Lake County, Community Action Partnership of Lake County, ELCA Urban Outreach Center, Alexian Brothers Housing & Health Alliance, COOL Food Pantry, Maristella, First Step Transitional Day Shelter, Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County, Catholic Charities, Veterans Assistance Commission McHenry County, Illinois Joining Forces, Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Pioneer Center, Independence Center, NAMI Lake County, Volunteers of America Illinois, Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services, Thresholds McHenry County, Prince Home Manteno, Walkin’ in My Shoes, YWCA Lake County, Prairie State Legal Services, Social Security Administration, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois State Comptroller, Illinois Treasurer’s Office, Veterans Benefits Administration, Waukegan Township, McHenry County Crisis Program, Kenosha County Veterans Services Office, Computer Systems Institute, and Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

WHAT: Lovell FHCC Homeless Veterans Summit 2014

WHEN: 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26

WHERE: Bourke Hall, Building 4, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (3001 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago, Ill., 60064). Media should park in Parking Lot T near the direct entrance to Bourke Hall, Building 4, and meet a Communications escort. 

HOW: The event is open to Veterans and Lovell FHCC stakeholders, including community health care provider/professionals and organizations. Members of the media are asked to please R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m., Feb. 25, for security/parking by calling 224-610-3714 or emailing confirmation to