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Virtual Community Forum On Homelessness In Walnut Creek, November 17


Date(s) – 11/17/2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


The Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force, established in 2013, is hosting a free public Community Forum on Homelessness in Walnut Creek on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 6–8pm, via Zoom. This is the fourth in a series of forums designed to give community members and business owners a platform to discuss homelessness in Walnut Creek and to learn about the actions being taken in the city and county to address homelessness.

The Fall forum will focus on mental health services available to homeless and at-risk individuals and will kickoff with a brief video providing background on the continuum of care available to unhoused people in Walnut Creek.

After the video and opening remarks by Walnut Creek Mayor Kevin Wilk, Michael Myette, Mental Health Program Supervisor with Contra Costa Public Health, is scheduled to present information about behavioral health resources available for people experiencing homelessness. He will be joined by Lisa Thomas from CORE (Coordinated Outreach, Referral & Engagement), a program of Contra Costa County Health, Housing, and Homeless Services. The two agencies will discuss how they successfully work together to facilitate and deliver health and basic need services on behalf of homeless and at risk individuals.

After the presentations, a panel of experts representing a variety of resources will be on hand to share information about mental health services available to people experiencing homelessness and to answer questions. During Q&A, speakers and panelists will take questions from attendees through the forum’s moderator, Mark Newsom.

Panelists scheduled to attend are Jaime Jenett, Health, Housing, and Homeless Services, Contra Costa Health Services; Lisa Thomas, CORE; Mark Wardlaw, City of Walnut Creek, Community Development; Sgt. Gary Silva, Walnut Creek Police Department, Homeless Outreach Program (HOP); Leslie Gleason, Trinity Center; Janette Kennedy, Loaves and Fishes; Donna Colombo, Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force.

This is a free public event, but attendees must RSVP online at Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. To RSVP via e-mail, contact wchomelessctf@gmail.com.

For more information about the Forum and the Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force, visit www.WCHomelessTaskForce.org.


  1. I’m going to say things that may make some people mad. But overwhelmingly, the homeless and Walnut Creek are not from Walnut Creek! They’ve been attracted to Walnut Creek.
    I make it a habit to try to interact with the homeless. Yesterday a woman told me she came from Oregon because it was beginning to rain there too much. Today the guy told me he was from San Diego and he was here because they were getting too tough down there.
    I asked them if they signed up for food stamps yet to help them. Both said yes. The guy that said he traded his card to somebody else for some marijuana so now he needed food. He was getting $120 a month on this card. Also, many homeless on Walnut Creek have come up from Concord and pleasant Hill.
    Yes, the Trinity center is doing a wonderful job truly trying to help people. But a lot of these people need to help themselves and are being attracted to the city for its compassion.
    The newspaper reported last year this some homeless can panhandle up to $80 an hour in Walnut Creek.
    This all needs to be considered when coming up with a solution. Being kind is one thing, and Noble. Being a gullible sap that perpetuates people’s condition is another

  2. As a working homeless person myself in walnut creek and a kick out from what the community “Thinks” is a great program Trinity Center (For speaking my mind on how bad the staff belittled people) I will say that yes a large majority of the homeless come from elsewhere and also alot of the homeless have serious drug issues they refuse to fix, I won’t name names but i could name 4 off the top of my head who refuse work, get edd and spend it all on drugs. Trinity center IS the problem, it does almost nothing in means of long term support for the homeless and only gives enough support to keep homeless coming for a place to shower, eat, and sale drugs. I personally can’t stand more then half the druggy homeless out here cuz they make the ‘just down and out’ good homeless look bad….

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