Oct. 26 forum explores St. Louis Tent City, homelessness

An Oct. 26 open forum will discuss issues of homelessness in St. Louis.

“Tent City on the St. Louis Riverfront: A Fireside Chat About the Politics of Homelessness” will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Danforth University Center Fun Room on the 2nd Floor.

The forum will discuss a variety of issues, among them:

  • Why do people live in tents on the riverfront?
  • Are well-meaning groups who bring food and clothing enabling or assisting?
  • Why is St. Louis disbanding tent city?
  • Where will the people go?
  • Why are groups lobbying on behalf of tent city even if conditions are not safe or practical?

Luann Oros, community consultant on hunger and homelessness in the Community Service Office, will examine these questions and others during a fireside chat that is free and open to the public. She will lead the discussion and share her first-hand experiences with tent city people and politics.

For more information, email Oros at luann.oros@wustl.edu.