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Community forums to focus on unhoused population

The Village is hosting a pair of community forums to discuss unhoused persons living within the community.

The sessions will be held on Thurs., Nov. 30 and Thurs., Dec. 18, with both taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library Veterans Room, 834 Lake St.

The first forum on Nov. 30 will focus on community education and ways to best interact with, and provide support to, Oak Park’s unhoused population. A group of panelists will discuss challenges and potential solutions, speak on advocacy and policy and partake in a question-and-answer session.

The event on Dec. 7 will center around affordable housing and the role of private landlords. Subject-matter experts will aim to help attendees better understand the unhoused crisis, while looking at the roles of landlords and agencies such as Housing Forward and the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition in identifying solutions. The group will highlight success stories and review support services that are available to tenants.

Resources available…The Village and its partners offer resources to individuals and businesses in the community, including resource cards that can be distributed and provided to individuals in need of support. Resources include assistance for crisis, utilities, food, legal aid, shelter, children and family support, employment, and mental health and substance use supports. For more information on how to utilize this information or technical assistance, visit or contact the Village at 708.358.5416.