Social service professionals who work with local veterans in need of housing will speak at a community forum on Thursday at Rocky Mountain College.
The topic will be “Joining Forces: Addressing Veteran Homelessness and the Role of Public vs. Private Funding.”
The event at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Room of Prescott Hall is free and open to the public. It is hosted and sponsored by the RMC debate team, the chaplain's office and Office of Community Involvement.
The forum will include a time of dialogue, questions and answers with local experts and refreshments. Tammy O’Shea and Scott Powers, who both work on veteran homelessness, will speak about their role, the challenges they face and their sources of funding.
O’Shea, a social worker, leads the Billings Homeless Veterans Office for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Powers directs a regional private program to provide housing stability for very low-income veterans called Supportive Services for Veteran Families.
RMC debaters Samantha Zetler and Tessa Fraser will moderate a question-and-answer session. Debate team members Daniel Parod, Toryn Rogers, David Fejeran and Holly Todd also will discuss how homelessness among vets is being addressed and who should fund it.