Carbon County Partners for Progress announced the featured speaker for its April monthly meeting. Larissa Kimmel of Palmerton will bring new light to the growing issue of homelessness in Carbon County.

Representing Family Promise of Carbon County and Carbon Monroe Pike MH/MR, Ms Kimmel will present information about Family Promise, a program designed to help homeless families find shelter and food. The public is invited to attend.

Homelessness is widespread problem that is often associated with cities and urban areas. However, the recent Carbon County Needs Assessment Survey completed by Partners for Progress brought to light a growing concern close to home.

According the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, a person is considered homeless if he or she "lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence and; has a primary night time residency that is a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations. This definition of homelessness does not include households who are sharing the housing of others temporarily because they have nowhere else to go or those who are staying in motels and similar places due to lack of alternatives."

Carbon Partners for Progress will meet on Friday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Nesquehoning Campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Carbon County Partners for Progress was created in 1998 as a visioning group to identify the strengths and opportunities of Carbon County, Pennsylvania, and develop a comprehensive strategy to unite our communities in a common mission to improve the overall quality of life. For more information, visit www.carboncountypartners.org http://www.carboncountypartners.org.