The Venice Neighborhood Council has scheduled a town hall meeting for Tuesday, February 26th, to address homelessness with community members, homeless individuals and service providers.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Westminster Avenue Elementary School auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The town hall event is intended to identify common perceptions and needs that can lead to a council strategy for addressing homelessness.

“We won’t be listening to speeches from experts; this meeting will get local people talking to each other and working to find answers,” said Neighborhood Council president Mike Newhouse.

The meeting will feature small group discussions between Venice residents, homeless individuals, property owners and people who work in Venice.

The small group discussions will be facilitated by members of the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, who are trained in group dynamics, as well as graduate students working in related fields.

“We intend this town hall to begin a community dialog,” Newhouse added. “Learning what we agree on can mark the first steps toward finding local solutions and working with regional partners to address the problems of homelessness.”

Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Information, outreach officer Marc Saltzberg at (310) 606-2015, or outreach@venicenc .org/.