People from around the state were gathered in Lewis County on Thursday to tackle homelessness in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness is holding a conference at Stonewall Resort through the end of the week. The event aims to bring people together to tackle the unique issues facing the homeless in a rural state like West Virginia.
Both organizers and participants said there’s a lot for them to gain from the annual event
“Our role as the coalition is to kind of be that advocacy body, to bring all of our providers together, and that’s kind of the overarching theme of this, it’s networking and learning and bringing everybody together,” said Amanda Sisson, Coalition COO.
“There’s all kinds of different providers and speakers that are updated. Things are updated each year, so we get to add services, add all kinds of knowledge to help grow anything that we’re doing,” said Nichole Layfield, who attended with the Clarksburg-Harrison Regional Housing Authority.
The conference also featured presentations from speakers from out of state and in Canada about other strategies to address homelessness in their area.